PCC gives her backing to TyreSafe

PCC Emily Spurrell in front of a road safety van

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has given her backing to the TyreSafe campaign, raising awareness of the importance of drivers checking their tyres to make sure they are safe for the roads.

Emily Spurrell has made road safety a priority in her Police and Crime Plan for the region and, last month, she united with the Metro Mayor, Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and a host of partners to launch Vision Zero - an ambitious new strategy focused on improving safety on the region's roads.

Now, she is giving her support to this national campaign which aims to encourage communities to be aware of the importance of tyre safety and the impact it can have when tyres are not roadworthy.

Tyres determine how well a vehicle accelerates, brakes and steers and defective tyres can make a significant difference in a driver's ability to stop safely. 

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Safety on our roads is a key priority here in Merseyside, so I’m pleased to support the TyreSafe campaign raising awareness of the dangers of defective and worn tyres.

“Everyone who chooses to get behind the wheel has a duty to be a safe and responsible driver and that includes carrying out regular checks to make sure your tyres are in the best possible condition for maximum safety. This is particularly important as we head into the winter months and weather conditions deteriorate.

“Being prepared and thinking ahead may seem obvious, but such safety measures are critical to ensuring your car is safe to drive and doesn’t pose a danger to you or anyone else. I’m pleased to be working with TyreSafe to spread this important message focused on keeping people safe on roads across our region."

Stuart Lovatt, TyreSafe Chair, said: “TyreSafe will work in partnership with Emily to put tyre safety at the heart of road safety and risk management. If a vehicle’s tyres are unroadworthy the chances of being involved in an incident, and its severity, increase significantly. That’s especially true when braking in the wet as the amount of tread depth on a car’s tyre can mean the difference between a life-changing injury or just a nasty scare for other road-users.

“During these times of hard-pushed household finances, it’s important to remember that cutting corners on tyre safety can have tragic consequences.”Official TyreSafe supporters can also access further assets, including customisable print-ready files, via the members’ area.

Visit TyreSafe.org for more information.