Mims Highlights Importance of Tyre Safety to Transport Ministers

The Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, Mims Davies, has highlighted the importance of tyre safety for coaches during Questions to Ministers at the Department for Transport.

Commenting Mims said,

“Having previously worked in road safety, I am delighted that in answer to my question, Transport Minister John Hayes said that he wants to do more and go further when it comes to tyre safety, and will look at the matter in even greater detail.”

“As many of my constituents will know, in 2012 there was a fatal crash on the A3 in which 3 lives were lost and many others suffered life changing injuries, as a coach returned from the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight. This crash was later confirmed to have been the result of an almost 20 year old tyre which had blown.”

“This came to many of us as a shocking realisation that too many lives have been lost as a result of tyres that should never have been on the road, and the Tyred campaign has further pressed this point.”

“Many of us would not think twice about our safety when hopping on a bus, or indeed sending our own children on the coach to school, and in the majority of cases we have no reason to question our safety.”

“Nevertheless, it is vital that action is taken, and I was pleased to have been able to speak in this debate and highlight this important issue to the Government.”