Concerns over high percentage of NCT test fails

As most recent figures indicate more than 50% of drivers are failing their NCT test. Drivers are 'dicing with danger', according to the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) for not having their tyres replaced in time.

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A survey carried out by the Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) found that more than 10% of vehicles that fail the National Car Test do so due to poor tyre condition.

The ITIA states that wet roads and worn tyres are a lethal combination.

Kevin Farrell, President of the ITIA said "It is shocking to think that more than half of all motorists coming in for an NCT are driving unroadworthy cars, that clearly spells danger for themselves and their fellow road users. Equally worrying is that tyres account for such a high proportion of NCT failures, especially given the very high prevalence of rain so far this year."

Farrell went on to say "It is in the wet conditions that the essentialness of tyre tread truly goes to the fore, it can take a tyre just below the 1.6mm limit twice as long to stop on wet roads as a car on new tyres."

Alex Todd Brand Manager at Its4women commented "Worn tyres are dangerous for a number of reasons. In the first place, the limited tread reduces traction for the car, which can be very dangerous in wet driving conditions. Worn tyres are also more likely to fail, especially at high speed, since they are worn and stressed. Tyre blowouts are generally not enjoyable, and they can be deadly in a high speed driving environment."

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