The Law requires that all tyres on a motor vehicle (including the spare) have a minimum depth of tread, are inflated to the correct pressure and are free from other defects such as cuts or tears to the walls of the tyres. The penalty for having a defective tyre is 3 points being endorsed upon your licence together with a fine of up to £2,500 (if a goods vehicle, the fine is up to £5,000) Note: The penalty applies to each tyre that is defective!!
If the vehicle is not in use at the time the defect is detected and there is no intention to drive the vehicle with the defective tyre, then you may be found Not Guilty of the charge.
The Law states that it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that the braking system is working correctly. The Court need only find that part of the braking system was not working properly, to find the charge proved. If you are found to be driving a vehicle with a defective braking system, the Court will impose 3 penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 (if a goods vehicle, the fine is up to £5,000)
If the vehicle is found to have defective parts such as steering, exhaust or lights then the Court will impose a fine of up to £2,500 (and impose 3 penalty points if the defect relates to the steering). If the defect relates to the condition of the vehicle, such that it involves the danger of injury then again, 3 points will be endorsed upon your driving licence and a fine imposed of up to £2,500. If there is a second conviction within 3 years, the Court MUST disqualify you for a period of at least 6 months.
If you face charges of either defective tyres, defective brakes or defective parts, then call Carl on 01482 227669 and see how he can help you.