HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY CAR TYRE HAS A THREAD WEAR TO AVOID THE WRATH OF POLICE OFFICERS?
Do you know the legal limit for your tyre tread?
The law requires a minimum of 1.6mm tread depth across the face of the tread in contact with the road.
Look for the tread wear indicator bars moulded across the tread at regular spacings to gauge the minimum tread depth. When the tread block is level with the wear bar, the tyre is at its legal limit.
Having tyres with an effective grip can significantly lower your stopping distance. Safety experts recommend having at least 3mm of tread on your tyres to ensure your stopping distance is as low as possible
Similarly, tread wear comes in many different forms, many of which mark a tyre as unusable. These include:
While the average new passenger tyre has between 8-12mm of tread depending on the tyre’s size, the minimum standard is 1.6mm of tread. Less than this amount and you could actually be charges with an offence.
Fines and MOT Failure
Motorists who drive on illegal or defective tyres can be fined. A police officer may issue a fixed penalty notice or report the case for prosecution, where the court can impose a fine of up to Ksh 2,500 for each illegal tyre.