In January 2019, I wrote to the Transport Minister, urging him to ban the use of tyres over ten years old on public service vehicles (PSV), citing the tragic deaths of passengers on a coach which crashed as a result of having tyres which were nineteen years old. You can read my original article here: https://www.yasminqureshi.org.uk/news/2019/01/30/tyred-campaign/
I have now received a reply from the Minister, which you can read below. Whilst he says that risk assessments now have to be undertaken as part of roadworthiness checks, there is still no mandatory enforcement relating to tyre age, and I do not believe that the current action goes far enough to ensure vehicle safety.
The Minister also published a written statement on the subject here: https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-statement/Commons/2019-02-07/HCWS1306/
I look forward to reading the results of the scientific research currently being carried out on the effect of age on the materials used in tyre construction and hope that it will lead to robust legislation being enacted.