Introduce limits on the age of tyres on buses and coaches; and for connected
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
The Secretary of State shall make regulations providing that tyre age be
examined as part of the annual vehicle test carried out under section 45 of the
Road Traffic Act 1988 and regulations made under it and that the presence of
any tyres of ten or more years of age be cause for failure of the test.
(2) Such regulations shall require—
that the vehicle examiner inform the relevant traffic commissioner for
the area in which the operator of the vehicle is licensed of the failure of
the vehicle test on these grounds;
that the vehicle examiners record the age of every tyre checked as part
of the annual test in a form to be specified by the Secretary of State;
that traffic commissioners make such information available for the
purposes of gathering national statistics about tyre age and condition;
(d) that the Secretary of State specify any exemptions to the regulations.
(1) Section 16 of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 is amended as follows.
(2) After subsection 3 insert—
A traffic commissioner must attach to every Public Service Vehicle
operator’s licence granted by him the condition that the tyres in use on
any vehicles licensed to the operator must be no more than ten years of
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The Secretary of State must review the operation of and undertake an
evaluation of the impacts of this Act after 12 months and lay a report before
Any power to make regulations under this Act is exercisable by statutory
A statutory instrument containing an order under section 1 may not be made
unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a
resolution of each House of Parliament.
In this Act—
“public service vehicle” has the meaning given in section 1 of the Public
Passenger Vehicles Act 1981;
“traffic commissioner” has the meaning given under section 4 of the
Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981.
(1) There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament—
any expenditure incurred under or by virtue of this Act by the Secretary of
State, or by a government department, and
any increase attributable to this Act in the sums payable under any other Act
out of money so provided.
There is to be paid into the Consolidated Fund any sums received by a government
department by virtue of this Act and any increase attributable to this Act in the sums
payable into that Fund under any other enactment.
(1) This Act may be cited as the Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Act 2015.
This Act comes into force at the end of the period of 12 months beginning with
the day on which it is passed.
(3) This Act extends to England and Wales and Scotland only.