LONDON — The United Kingdom has instituted a ban on tires aged 10 years old or older being used on the steer axles of medium/heavy-duty trucks and buses, as well as on any single-wheel position on commercial vans with seating for nine to 16 passengers.
The restrictions on older tires are included in the U.K. government's 2021 Construction and Use Regulations, which were passed in July 2020.
Vehicles found with tires that contravene this regulation will fail their annual safety inspection, according to the new regulations.
The new regulation applies to retreads as well, although the age of a retreaded tire is counted from when the retreading was carried out. Tires without a legible manufacturing date will be failed.