Tyres and the Law

Just Tyres are one of the only companies in the UK to concentrate exclusively on selling car tyres.

Just Tyres is one of the only companies in the UK to concentrate exclusively on selling car and van tyres. Since 2008 there has been a EU Directive on the labelling of tyres. There have been certain minimum standards that suppliers and manufactures have to meet- of the end consumer, this and meant it is much easy to compare tyres. Have a look at Tyre Labelling (link) for more information.

It is not advisable to mix winter or on/off road tyres with normal road tyres. Any Just Tyre fitting centre will be able to advise you on the legality of the tyres you want fitted. Just Tyres do not take any responsible if the incorrect tyres are ordered by the customer. We also do not sell nor, recommend that you purchase part worn tyres. Tyres are the only part of the car which is in contact with the road. There is a lot riding your tyres!


European Regulations — "E" Marking 

Radial car and 4x4 tyres are type approved in accordance with ECE regulations, and carry the requisite mark on the tyre's sidewall, for example, E3 0162.

Consumer protection regulations prohibit the sale of car radial or 4x4 tyres which are not "E" marked.

Minimum Legal Tread Depth


The main reason a tyre has tread is to disperse water efficiently. The less tread you have, the more likely you are to skid or aquaplane on wet roads and lose steering control.

It is illegal to run a tyre with less than 1.6mm of tread round the entire outer circumference of the tyre. Tyre manufacturers build a number of tread wear indicator bars into the tread area of their tyres which become visible at 1.6mm. These serve as a useful visual reminder to change your tyres.

However, wet weather braking and cornering efficiency reduce considerably as the tyre wears down and Just Tyres strongly advises that you change your tyres before you reach the legal limit.

The penalty for driving with illegal tyres on your car is very severe. There is a compulsory driving licence endorsement of three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre.

Relative stopping distances of tyres (not to scale)

tyre stopping distances 

Radial and Cross Ply Tyres


You can fit different makes of tyre on the same axle or on different axles providing they are all the same size and type of construction.

It is illegal to fit cross ply and radial construction tyres on the same axle and to fit cross ply tyres on the rear axle with radial or bias belted tyres on the front axle.

It is not advisable to mix winter or on/off road tyres with normal road tyres.
Tyre Speed and Load Markings

All tyres are marked with their load carrying and speed capabilities. For maximum safety, it is important that the tyres you choose are suitable for the maximum speed at which your car can be driven. The law requires that in terms of load carrying and speed capability the tyre fitted must be suitable for the purpose to which the vehicle will be put.

If you are in doubt about the legality of your tyres, please book an appointment with one of our centres, and they will be able to advise you. 
 

Speed
 
Maximum car speed for which tyre is suitable

 
Symbol km/h mph
N 140 87
P 150 94
Q 160 100
R 170 105
S 180 113
T 190 118
U 200 125
H 210 130
V 240 150
W 270 168
Z 300 186


Tyre Load Markings

 

Load Index Max Load KGs Load Index Max Load KGs Load Index Max Load KGs
65 290   76 400   87 545
66 300   77 412   88 560
67 303   78 425   89 580
68 315   79 437   90 600
69 325   80 450   91 615
70 335   81 462   92 630
71 345   82 475   93 650
72 355   83 487   94 670
73 365   84 500   95 680
74 375   85 515   96 710
75 387   86 530   97 730

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FUEL EFFICIENCY fuel cert

Ratings from A-G
A = Best Fuel Economy

WET GRIP wet grip

Ratings from A-G
A = Best wet weather
performance

NOISE LEVEL noise level

The lower the decibel,
the quieter the tyre