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Motorists warned over illegal tyres

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Motorists have been urged to ensure that the tyres on their vehicle are checked regularly and are safe and legal in order to prevent accidents as well as to avoid paying a hefty fine.

The reminder from ATS Euromaster comes ahead of October's Tyre Safety Month.

Anyone caught driving with illegal tyres could face a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre on their licence, which will in turn have an impact on their car insurance premiums, according to ATS Euromaster.

Motorists can take advantage of free tyre checks that will be offered at any of ATS Euromaster's 370 UK centres during the Tyre Safety Month.

Illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres led to 860 accidents in the UK in 2009.

Of these, there were 17 fatal accidents and 165 serious ones.

Chris Hufflett, group operations director at ATS Euromaster, said: "If you drive a car or van then you must inspect the overall condition of your tyres, the tread depths and pressures at least once a month and before any long journey. If in any doubt, you can visit one of our centres and we'll do it for free."

© Press Association 2011