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Nearly 10,000 people caught with illegal tyres in 2011

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Some 9,639 people were convicted in 2011 in England and Wales for driving with defective or dangerous tyres.

This is according to figures from the Ministry of Justice, although this statistic does not take into consideration any issues dealt with by police officers at the roadside.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, noted the latest findings are worrying because of the importance of tyres when it comes to motoring.

"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," Mr Jackson remarked.

He added driving on wheels that are in a poor condition is like playing Russian roulette because of the danger involved.

Under current UK law, tyres need to have a minimum of 1.6 mm tread depth across the central three-quarters of the tyre around its entire circumference.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801405714-ADNFCR

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