1 November 2016

'Spike' in defective tyres use

There's been a 'worrying spike' in the number of motorists driving on faulty tyres, writes Trish Whelan.

That's according to Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland, who said that tyres replaced in the company's depots in Ireland are often 'scary'.

"We're seeing poor quality tyres with lumps sticking out of them, and also unevenly worn tyres," he said at the recent Irish Car of the Year 2017 Awards, which are sponsored by Continental.

He noted that according to RSA statistics, defective tyres were contributory causes to some 71 deaths on Irish roads over five years.

Mr Dennigan also commented on the high costs of motor insurance and said it is 'high time that normality is returned to the industry."

He's pictured (right) with Ciaran Allen, Sales Manager of Mercedes-Benz Ireland, and Stephen Byrne, MD of Mercedes-Benz Ireland, accepting the ICOTY 2017 top Award for the E-Class.