Police A27 crackdown on motorists with rogue tyres

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SUSSEX Police will be out in force on the A27 today carrying out tyre spot checks.

Road policing officers will be stationed at the Beddingham weighbridge east of Lewes between 8am and midday to carry out checks. Police say enforcement will be carried out on those drivers not complying with the law.

The operation, in partnership with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, is part of National Tyre Safety Month, which runs throughout October. Drivers will be able to get advice about how to ensure tyres are legal, receive maintenance and see examples of illegal tyres

PC Barry Freeman of Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit said: “Some people drive with tyres in worrying conditions which can put themselves and other road users at great risk.

“With the weather changes that autumn brings it is important to make sure that your tyres are safe and legal.

“It is recommended that tyres are checked at least once a month and before any long journeys. This should include checking the air pressure, overall condition and that tread depth is at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre and around the whole circumference for cars.

“Tyre maintenance is the responsibility of all drivers and there is no excuse not to check your tyres.”

Drivers who fail to comply with tyre regulations face a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each illegal tyre.