‘Check your wheels’ – dodgy tyres sold in Oxfordshire
Drivers are being encouraged to ‘check their wheels’ after Trading Standards Service at Oxfordshire County Council discovered dangerous, part worn tyres on sale in Bicester.
Following a tip-off about potentially unsafe tyres at Bicester Tyres Ltd – previously of Buckingham Road, Bicester – officers found used tyres of various makes and sizes that had received an inadequate temporary repair. The tyres failed to meet the relevant legal requirements.
Unsuccessful attempts were made to work with the company to resolve this safety issue, and the business has now left its trading premises, removing a quantity of part worn tyres with them. This has led to today’s unusual step of publishing a public safety warning.
Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team aims to protect the public, the environment, consumers and others. It carries out enforcement functions in in a fair, practical and consistent manner to promote a thriving local economy and help people stay safe in their community.
Jody Kerman, from Oxfordshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “Driver safety is paramount. We encourage everyone to check carefully any newly purchased part worn tyres, particularly if they were bought from Bicester Tyres Ltd.
“We’re warning residents and businesses to only buy tyres from trusted providers and to report any suspicious advertisements or cold-call sales attempts regarding part worn tyres.”
If anyone has information about the location of these tyres, they should contact Trading Standards on 0345 404 0506
Below is the safety notice published by Trading Standards:
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
BICESTER TYRES LTD (not to be confused with similar named businesses)
Gulf Service Station,
Bicester, OX26 3EU
Oxfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is concerned about the sale and supply of potentially unsafe part-worn tyres by the above business.
The Trading Standards Service is advising any customers who have had part-worn tyres sold to them, or fitted to their vehicle, by Bicester Tyres Ltd, to take their vehicle to a trusted source for a safety inspection.
If customers of the business require any consumer advice, such as any rights to redress, or to report further concerns or information regarding the business to Trading Standards, please call 0345 404 0506
More information regarding the safety of part worn tyres can be found at the website of the charity TyreSafe https://www.tyresafe.org/