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Tyres (Tread Depths)

Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he expects to be in a position to give a detailed reply to the points made by various organisations during the consultation period on possible changes to tyre tread depth legislation;

(2) what is his timetable for consultation on the proposed amendments to construction and use regulations covering tyre tread depth legislation;

(3) if, in the consideration of possible changes to tyre tread depth legislation as it relates to the proposed provision for 25 per cent. of visible tread, he intends to include a requirement for such tread to be continuously visible all round the tyre.

My officials will be meeting interested parties, including tyre industry representatives and the police, on 15 July to discuss the drafting of a regulation to implement the decision I announced in my answer to my hon. Friend on 30 March.—[Vol. 21, c. 73.] This will include a provision that a visible tread pattern should show all round the tyre. In the light of that meeting I shall consider the terms of a draft regulation on which there will be formal consultation with interested organisations in the autumn. I shall reply as soon as I can to the detailed points already raised by the tyre industry.