Pressure is being put on the government to ban the sale of used tyres amid increasing safety fears from industry professionals.
It is estimated that 300,000 vehicles on the roads of Spain are fitted with used tyres, a figure which has increased in recent years due to the financial crisis. One mainstream supplier states that 80% of their business is in the sale of used, rather than new tyres. In addition, it is believed that 60% of all cars over 10 years of age are fitted with used tyres.
Meanwhile, accident investigators say that tyres are a factor in three out of four road traffic incidents, and point out that tyre wear and tear is different on all vehicles, makes and models.
Therefore, 35% of motor industry professionals are now lobbying for the sale of used tyres to be prohibited, a figure backed up by 45% of journalists who work in the sector.
As the most vulnerable part of a vehicle, facing constant abuse and wear, close monitoring and awareness of tyres is crucial to the safe running of a vehicle.