Minister pledges research into how age of tyres affects safety

Minister pledges research into how age of tyres affects safety

A TRANSPORT minister has committed to further research into how the age of tyres affects safety.

John Hayes made the pledge under questioning from Labour MP Maria Eagle, who has tabled draft legislation after the death of a constituent.

Michael Molloy, 18, from Liverpool, was killed in 2012 after a coach tyre more than 19 years old exploded on the A3 in Surrey.

The disaster also claimed the lives of two other people – Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull, and the 53-year-old coach driver Colin Daulby, who was from Warrington, Cheshire – and Eagle, the MP for Garston and Halewood, has urged action to take tyres that are more than 10 years old off the UK’s roads. The coach operator’s licence was revoked by the Traffic Commissioner in 2014.

At transport questions, she asked the minister about her Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill, which has been listed for debate by MPs tomorrow, and whether the Tories would oppose the legislation.

Hayes said: ‘She’s right to take this seriously. Whilst I’m not going to comment on that, because you wouldn’t expect me to, I will say this to her, and I hope she will respect the seriousness which I give this matter: I think there’s a need for more research.

‘And I am prepared to commit today that my department will engage in further research with the experts in the industry and others to establish exactly the effect of the age of tyres on safety and security.

‘The safe and secure passage of people is our absolute first priority, and we will do all that’s necessary to ensure it.’

Picture: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

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