After 8 long years of campaigning, the law on the use of old tyres has been changed. In 2012, Michael Molloy was one of three people killed in a coach crash as he travelled home to Liverpool from Bestival on the Isle of Wight. An inquest found their deaths were caused by a tyre that was nearly 20 years old.
From today the Government has changed the regulations surrounding tyres, banning the use of tyres 10 years or older on buses, coaches, minibuses & goods vehicles. The letter below confirms that the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, were made in October have been implemented today.
This is a great triumph for Michael’s mother, Francis, and his family who have tirelessly campaigned for this change in the law. I am proud to have campaigned alongside her and to have given my full support towards this campaign. Their determination to make sure nobody else suffers like they have will save many lives in the future. Previously, the Bill was inexplicably blocked eight times by the Tories in Parliament but I am now glad to see the campaigning efforts of many contribute towards the law changing.
Well done to all who campaigned for this change and their commitment in doing so.