Motorists across Northern Ireland are being urged to check their tyres more regularly in an effort to cut down on the number of accidents in the province.
The call comes at the start of National Tyre Safety Week, which sees the launch of the ‘ACT’ initiative to ensure drivers comply with tyre safety regulations.
Speaking at the launch at Stormont today, Lawrence Reavy, regional chairman of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA), said: “There have been in the region of 4,700 road crashes and 77 fatalities this year in Northern Ireland. Poor tyre safety is too often a contributing factor. We have introduced the new ‘ACT’ promotion this year in an attempt to encourage drivers to remember the key keep-safe facts associated with tyre safety.”
The ACT initiative relates to the three main areas of concern for tyre safety — Air Pressure, Condition of tyres and Tread depth. By law, cars must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread depth in a continuous band.
“Many motorists won’t be aware of any of these requirements and face a hefty fine and can even lose their licence,” said Mr Reavy
The initiative is supported by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.