Drivers blasted for tyre negligence
Figures have shown the number of motorists convicted over driving with dangerous or defective tyres reached nearly 10,000 last year.
The Ministry of Justice figures showed that 9,639 convictions were dished out by magistrates courts during 2011 across England and Wales.
TyreSafe responded to the figures, calling the number "dangerous and worrying".
However, what the figures fail to show was the number of drivers who evaded prosecution for tyre-related incidents in the past 12 months dealt with at the roadside.
TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson said: "Tyres play a vital role in road safety so these latest figures are very worrying.
"Not only is there still a high level of ignorance about tyre care, but perhaps even more alarming is that many motorists continue to drive on tyres that they know are illegal or dangerous."
Motorists face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre that fails to comply with regulations.
published: 12/07/2012 17:00:01