2014-04-02 15:26:00

NTDA warns motorists: don’t risk life for ‘cheapest option’

NTDA warns motorists: don’t risk life for ‘cheapest option’

Motorists across Britain are being warned to avoid buying part-worn tyres at all costs, or risk causing death on the roads. The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) is calling for a complete ban on the sale of part-worn tyres in the wake of its shocking new independent research showing two thirds (65%) of motorists who admit to buying part-worn tyres do so because they are the cheapest option – despite the fact that as many as 97% of all part worn tyres are being sold illegally1.

While the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 govern the sale of part-worn tyres, the NTDA say these are rarely being adhered to, allowing unsafe and illegal tyres to flood the UK’s part worn tyre market. Inspections carried out over several years into the sale of part-worn tyres show serious safety breaches, including dangerous and unsafe repairs, exposed cords, bead damage and evidence of runflat damage1. The NTDA has been instrumental in helping Trading Standards prosecute traders who illegally sold defective part-worn tyres, but the Association’s latest research shows economic factors are pulling some motorists towards what they think will be a bargain.

Defective tyres are a major safety risk in vehicles; in 2015 illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres were responsible for more than 40% of all vehicle defect-related deaths in the UK. Additionally having illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres was also responsible for 35% of all casualties on the roads caused by vehicle defects.2

The NTDA’s latest motorists’ survey showed an alarming lack of concern for tyre safety. Almost 60% of those surveyed were not aware that the minimum legal tread depth for a tyre in the UK is 1.6mm and more than four fifths (85%) didn’t know the minimum tread depth for part-worn tyres is 2mm.

Two fifths (40%) of drivers also divulged they only check their tyres’ tread when they see worn patches or at MOT time. Worryingly, 38% say they begrudge buying new tyres, will put it off and try and get as much wear out of them as possible before getting them replaced. When they do purchase a replacement tyre, more than half (54%) admit cost is the prevailing consideration.

Experts also warn that buying part-worn tyres is a false economy. A typical part-worn tyre will have around 3mm of tread. The legal minimum is 1.6mm, meaning that tyre will only have about 1.4mm of usable tread, equating to 4,000 miles of motoring. A new tyre typically has 8mm of tread –6.4mm of legal tread and 18,000 miles of driving.3

Stefan Hay, Chief Executive at the NTDA comments: “It’s incredibly alarming that so many motorists are choosing to purchase part-worn tyres because they are cheap, despite the distinct possibility that these could be illegal, putting themselves and other road users’ lives in grave danger.

The current regulations are not working and we are seeing more and more illegal tyres being fitted to cars as drivers are swayed by cost alone. That is why we are calling, in the absence of greater enforcement of the regulations or an effective form of industry self-regulation, for a complete ban on part-worn tyres. Unless drastic action is taken now we are going to see the casualty and death toll rise as a result of illegal and defective tyres.”


1 Tyresafe

2 Department for Transport





As a market leader in tyre innovation and safety, Continental Tyres is delighted to announce its sponsorship of the NTDA Annual Dinner on Thursday 12th October 2017 at the Double Tree by Hilton, Milton Keynes.

Hosted for the 88th time, the NTDA Annual Dinner once again reinforces its status as the leading social event in the tyre industry, during which the Association will be recognising the achievements of some of the UK tyre industry’s key stakeholders.

The 4th annual Tyre Industry Awards will be presented at the dinner in front of leading representatives from across the UK tyre industry, with Continental’s pioneering tyre technologies and Vision Zero initiative having secured a place in the list of finalists for the Tyre Manufacturer of the Year Award. This sponsorship reinforces what continues to be an outstanding partnership between one of the leading tyre manufacturers and one of the UK’s leading trade bodies.

Tracey Mortimer, Marketing Director PLT UK & Ireland, said: “Continental is proud to sponsor the NTDA Annual Dinner. The dinner acts as a key business event, during which we are recognising successes across the industry. Continental constantly sets the future in motion with its leading product range and we are delighted to support such a prestigious event.”

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay added: “We are delighted that a world renowned tyre manufacturer such as Continental has confirmed its support for the Annual Dinner. To have such a premier tyre brand that is committed to innovation and safety sponsoring the event is brilliant. With two months to go, and 530 guests already booked in, the dinner is set to be another outstanding night for the tyre industry!”

Sign NTDA petition to ban the sale of illegal and defective part worn tyres

Sign NTDA petition to ban the sale of illegal and defective part worn tyres

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) is calling for a complete ban on the sale of part-worn tyres. Inspections carried out over several years regarding the sale of part-worn tyres shows serious safety breaches.

The current regulations are not working and we are seeing more and more illegal tyres being fitted to cars. That is why we are calling, in the absence of greater enforcement of the regulations or an effective form of industry self-regulation, for a complete ban on part-worn tyres. Unless drastic action is taken now we may see the casualty and death toll rise as a result of illegal and defective tyres.

Click on the link below to sign the petition and support the Association in its campaign to improve the safety of motorists in the UK



NTDA announces Tyre Industry Awards Finalists 2017

NTDA announces Tyre Industry Awards Finalists 2017

At last, the long wait is over and the list of finalists for the 2017 NTDA Tyre Industry Awards has been announced. Over the last 5 months the NTDA has been inundated with exceptional submissions across the 9 award categories and this year the finalists are:

REACT Roadside Technician of the Year, sponsorship available

  • Adam Grimley – Central Tyre (Commercial) Ltd
  • Tomasz Woiciechowski – Tyre Maintenance Ltd

Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Jelf Beaumonts

  • Kirkby Tyres Ltd
  • The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd

Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika Birmingham

  • Clampco UK Ltd
  • Harvie Tyres Ltd
  • Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Ltd
  • Tyre Bay Direct Ltd

Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by: Scots Autoscene

  • Bridgestone UK Ltd
  • Micheldever Tyre Service Ltd
  • Michelin Tyre plc
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd

Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year, sponsored by: Trelleborg Industrial Tyres Ltd

  • Kwik-Fit GB Ltd
  • Micheldever Tyre Service Ltd

Tyre Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by: Zenises

  • R&R.C Bond (Wholesale) Ltd / Bond International
  • Kirby Tyres Ltd
  • Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) Ltd
  • Viking Wholesale

Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services

  • Bridgestone UK Ltd
  • Continental Tyre Group
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd
  • Michelin Tyre plc
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd 

Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli

  • ATS Euromaster Limited – Cannock
  • C.E.M Day Limited (Day’s Motor Group) (HiQ)
  • Harris Brothers Ystrad Road – Team Protyre
  • HiQ Dewsbury (K.C Autocentre Limited)
  • HiQ Lancaster (S & M Marshall Autocentre Ltd)
  • HiQ Malvern ( PJ Nicholls Ltd)
  • Ian Brown Tyres Limited – Malton
  • Kwik-Fit (GB) Limited – Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
  • Merityre Specialists Limited – Westway, Andover
  • Micheldever Tyre & Auto Services: Team Protyre
  • Protyre Manchester
  • Protyre Plymouth
  • Protyre Weston Super Mare
  • STS Tyre Pros – Canary Way, Norwich
  • Universal Tyre & Autocentres – Staines

National Apprentice Technician of the Year Award, sponsored by: The Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights

  • Callum Howard, Micheldever Tyre Services
  • Ana Batista-Ventura, ATS Euromaster (Reading)
  • Heritier Djamba, Kwik-Fit GB Ltd (Wallington)
  • Joel Solomon-John, Kwik-Fit GB Ltd (Sutton Coldfield)
  • Kimberley Locker, STS Tyre Pro (Banbury)
  • Rhys Bland, Kwik-Fit GB Ltd (Exmouth)

Commenting on the awards NTDA Chief Executive, Stefan Hay said: “The quality of the award entries gets more impressive every year and members are finding more innovative and unusual ways to demonstrate the excellence of their people, initiatives and companies. We received so many entries that we have had to be very ruthless in deciding on the lists of finalists and have also expanded the independent judging panel. As always, I really don’t envy the judges who I believe will have a very tough time deciding on who will be lifting the trophies this year. As I have said on many occasions, I am very proud to head up an association that represents an industry with such fantastic companies which employ such impressive people”.The Tyre Industry’s ‘Oscars,’ will be presented on the 12th October at a ceremony sponsored by Sailun Tyres at the Association’s 88th Annual Dinner to be held at the Double Tree by Hilton, Stadium MK, Stadium Way West, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST. The Dinner follows the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference sponsored by Avon Tyres.

NTDA announces more than 4000 Commercial Tyre Technicians now hold REACT licence

NTDA announces more than 4000 Commercial Tyre Technicians now hold REACT licence

The NTDA has announced that since the launch of the Roadside Emergency Action Concerning Technicians (REACT) scheme in 2011 more than 4000 commercial tyre technicians have been trained, assessed as competent and issued with a Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside across the UK and, more recently, the Republic of Ireland.

Since 1930, the NTDA has campaigned not only for improved consumer tyre safety, but also for the safety of those individuals employed to fit tyres, especially those brave and hardworking commercial tyre technicians deployed at the roadside to work on HGV and PSV related tyre incidents in often very precarious conditions. It has also actively worked with employers, learning providers and other stakeholders to influence and increase education and training supply and improve workforce skills.

The commercial tyre technicians are trained against very strict criteria based on the relevant National Occupational Standards and the training is reviewed at the quarterly steering group meetings and amended to incorporate new legislation, standards and equipment best practice

Each technician is individually assessed and, if deemed competent, an application is made for a Licence. If not deemed competent, technicians are referred for additional training and reassessment.

Speaking about the success of the scheme at Automechanika Birmingham 2017 last week, NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “The most important factor in all of this, is that since launching the scheme in 2011, there have been no reported deaths of REACT trained and licensed commercial tyre technicians working at the roadside. For the steering group that is the ultimate measure of success and consequently REACT has now become the de facto Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside for tyre professionals and we are now well on the way to 5000 licences!”

220 tyre retailers are now participating in the scheme with the training and assessments carried out by several manufacturers, retailers and training providers including ATS Euromaster, Bridgestone, Central Tyre, Continental, Michelin, PFTP Ltd and Roadside Safety UK Ltd. Roadside Safety UK Ltd has also recently launched a REACT training animation available to view on the NTDA’s YouTube Channel:

For further information on REACT and the Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside contact the NTDA via,W: or T: 01296 482128.

Obituary: Denis J. Rooney

Obituary: Denis J. Rooney

The NTDA was saddened to hear of the passing of Denis Rooney, aged 78, former Sales Development Manager at member company Kirkby Tyres.

Denis was a long-term, and loyal, employee of the company and a well-known and much respected ‘tyre man’.

Denis joined Firestone after his National Service and subsequently joined Kirkby where he worked for 30 years playing a big part in the growth of the company.

Denis only worked for the two companies for the whole of his working life. He returned regularly to Kirkby to talk with his old friends and the Chairman who kept him updated with the many changes in the business.

Denis was a religious man who was devoted to his family.

He will be sorely missed by his wife Dot, his children Catherine, Michelle, Gerard and Paul, grandchildren Adam, Sophie, Alice, Jack and Georgie and his many friends at Kirkby and colleagues across the tyre industry.

NTDA membership further enhanced by new member Trelleborg

NTDA membership further enhanced by new member Trelleborg

The NTDA has, today, announced that Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres has joined the association both as a supplier member and as a full member under the UK network of centres in its ‘Interfit’ service division.

Trelleborg Industrial and Construction Tyres is a global manufacturer of premium quality tyres and has developed extensive product ranges to serve both solid and pneumatic tyre requirements within these sectors. The UK operation has two distinct channels with very different customer bases and varying requirements. A major part of the business is to supply and fit tyres through its Interfit service division, where the customer base predominantly consists of Forklift Truck manufacturers and their dealer networks. In addition, Trelleborg has developed a facility to supply tyres to the replacement market where the majority of customers in this channel are tyre dealers and distributors. Although the vast majority of products are fitted to Forklift trucks, it also supplies and fits tyres to ground support equipment such as airport vehicles, reach stackers and container handlers.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “We are naturally very excited to have Trelleborg on board as its products have long been established in the UK Industrial sector as market leading. In recent years this area of the tyre Industry has become incredibly competitive and various lesser quality brands being sold into the market, at very low prices, certainly provide new challenges for us all. Furthermore, it is a well-known fact that Trelleborg is always striving to provide the end user with reliable, durable products. For example, the Elite XP Pit Stop Line, which is a tyre that tells you when it needs changing! Our membership growth, especially with regard to independent tyre retailers, has already been phenomenal this year, but this adds a whole new dimension.”

As well as taking a seat on the associations’ Executive Council, Trelleborg has also become the latest big name to join the impressive line-up of Tyre Industry Award sponsors and Richard Lyons Trelleborg Industrial Tyres UK Ltd’s Managing Director will be presenting the Staff Training and Development Initiative of the Year Award to the lucky winner at the NTDA Annual Dinner on 12th October.

Commenting on the membership Richard Lyons said: “With such a competitive market at this current time, our intentions for the future are very clear and that is to firmly cement ourselves as the UK market leader for industrial tyres. We will achieve this by continuing to provide the highest quality tyres available and by taking the same innovative approach into other areas of our business, leading the way in terms of strategy, customer service, marketing and routes to market. Joining the NTDA, therefore, is the a natural thing to do, as clearly the association now has the same progressive approach to raising industry standards and furthering the professionalism of our industry.”

NTDA Immediate Past Chairman to cycle 100 miles for British Wheelchair Sport

NTDA Immediate Past Chairman to cycle 100 miles for British Wheelchair Sport

Roger Griggs, on behalf of the Wheelwrights Charity 2020 Appeal, has agreed to take part in the 100 mile race on Sunday 30th July. The appeal was launched to support aspiring athletes with disabilities at grassroots level. The event starts at The Queen Elizabeth Park ‘Olympic Park’ sweeping through the streets of London into the beautiful countryside of Surrey which takes in some challenging hill climbs: ‘Box Hill fame’ before returning to London with the finish line on The Mall. This is quite a challenge for someone who does not ride bikes that often, and did not even have a bike at the time of signing up for the ride!

The inspiration behind the 2020 Appeal is the fact that the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo coincide with the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights. In May 2017 the Wheelwright’s Charity together with the National Tyre Distributors Association presented a cheque for £15,000 to WheelPower the British Wheelchair Sports charity at Stoke Mandeville Stadium – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement. This was the first payment of a 3 year joint commitment between the Wheelwrights and the NTDA.

You can help Roger raise money for the Wheelwrights 2020 Appeal by donating directly to their fundraising page:

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NTDA appalled by results of 2nd Northern Ireland Tyre Survey

NTDA appalled by results of 2nd Northern Ireland Tyre Survey

The Association for tyre retailers, wholesalers and the associated auto-care aftermarket has divulged that at its regional meeting held in Templepatrick on 17th May, the results of the 2017 tyre tread depth on replacement survey showed that in one week in March, members had removed 1,200 tyres from cars and light commercial vans that were already below the legal tread depth limit of 1.6mm. This follows on from a similar survey carried out over a longer period in 2016, where more than 3000 tyres removed were already under 1.6mm.

The survey was conducted at 18 tyre retail centres across the country and the full results showed:

Tread Depth CAR LCV
Over 2mm 2797 138
Under 2mm 1519 144
Under 1.6mm 1122 78


NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: “Yes the results of the survey are appalling, but they come as no great surprise. As we have said in the past, if the legal minimum is to remain at 1.6mm for the foreseeable future, then appropriate resources must be allocated to ensure effective enforcement is carried out. 1,200 illegal tyres and 1,519 which can’t even be sold as legal part worns, because they are under 2mm, found in one week is simply unacceptable, this cannot continue.”

Although tyres are legal at 1.6mm, the NTDA believes there remains an argument, sufficiently compelling, for it to advise motorists to change their tyres at 3mm and irrespective of recent comments from some tyre manufacturers is calling for a review of the minimum tread depth introduced in 1992.

Stefan Hay concluded: “Tyres are the only thing keeping a vehicle in contact with the road. Test results achieved under controlled test conditions are one thing, but driving in changeable and frequently adverse UK weather conditions, on poor and inconsistent road surfaces and with tyres of varying quality and condition is a different scenario altogether. We need tyre and auto-care professionals to educate their customers, for motorists to pay more and regular attention to their tyres and for the authorities to be more vigilant!”

Autogem Invicta Ltd. Managing Director installed as new NTDA National Chairman

Autogem Invicta Ltd. Managing Director installed as new NTDA National Chairman

On Wednesday the 7th June, at its AGM held during the highly successful Automechanika Birmingham 2017 show, the NTDA installed Prashant Chopra, Managing Director of Autogem Invicta Ltd as its new National Chairman.

Prashant takes over from Roger Griggs Communications Director of European Tyre Enterprises Ltd, who has served for an extended period of three years in order to support the implementation and execution of the three year strategic plan introduced by the Association’s Chief Executive Stefan Hay in 2014.

Commenting on the handover, Stefan Hay said: “Roger Griggs has been a phenomenal Chairman of the Association, he is a true tyre industry professional with endless enthusiasm and energy and it has been an absolute honour and privilege to work alongside him and learn from him over the past three years. Prashant is equally professional, enthusiastic and energetic and adds a whole new dimension as his company is an aftermarket supplier member of the Association, which in itself is an indication of how the NTDA is rapidly becoming an association for both tyre professionals and the associated Autocare aftermarket, where, over the past three years, we have experienced incredible membership growth.”

In response Roger Griggs said: “I am delighted to be handing over the chairmanship to Prashant, but also a little sad as I have genuinely enjoyed my time in the chair. The last three years have gone very quickly and during this period the Association has firmly re-established itself as a leading trade body. I look forward, along with my colleagues, in continuing to represent the Association’s members and dealing with the challenges that undoubtedly we will encounter in the future.”

Roger Griggs now becomes the Immediate Past National Chairman replacing Stephen Callow who after six years of outstanding service as an Executive Officer of the NTDA was formally installed as a Past Chairman.

Further appointments saw Martin O’Brien Director and General Manager of Kingsway Tyres installed as the new Vice National Chairman, Donald Carmichael Manging Director of McConechy’s Tyre Service Ltd re-installed as Honorary Treasurer, Gavin White Managing Director of Autotech Recruitment installed as South East & Central South Regional Chairman and John Parker Director of Business Development and Special Projects at Kirkby Tyres Ltd, who has served as Chairman of the Tyre Wholesalers Group (TWG) since 2014, formally installed as an Honorary Past Chairman of the NTDA. Going forward the TWG will no longer have a separate Chairman, but John Parker will continue to represent the interests of Wholesalers on the NTDA Executive Council.

Commenting on his installation Prashant Chopra said: “I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to further work at strategic level with the NTDA, its Executive Officers and the Executive Council. The welcome has certainly been warm and Roger’s boots are certainly very large, (and well-heeled), to fill! It is reassuring to know that I will be able to continue to tap into Roger and the team’s considerable experience to guide me through this new position.”

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