We are sorry, the quantity you require is not available
View all tyres results
Close
No tyre based your postcode!
View all tyres results
Close
Location image
You are about to change your postcode, doing so may impact the price and availability of the tyre. Do you wish to proceed?
Yes
No
Please Enter your postcode below to search for stock in your area
Fitting centre not found
Check Local Stock
Please Enter a centre based on your postcode search of 'XXXX XXX'
Confirm Centre
We're Sorry!
Unfortunately there are no tyres matching your search at this location.
Please note more tyres are available for purchase in store, if you cannot find your size and need tyres today, contact your local centre for their current stock.
To global search Search again
We're Sorry!
We're sorry but there are no slots available for same day fitting at your local centre today. Please click here to find tyres for standard fitting.
Buy tyres online

UK Tyres Laws

To ensure you’re able to safely drive your vehicle, there are a number of UK tyre laws that must be adhered to.

This includes minimum tread depth, speed rating, and load size. Below is our guide to tyre law in the UK:

Choice of tyres

Depending on the type of vehicle, there will be a number of different options available to you that are perfectly legal. Refer to your vehicle handbook to ensure you’re using the correct type of tyres. For example, vehicles not designed to be used with run flat tyres cannot legally use run flat tyres.

When using seasonal tyres, you’ll need to use four tyres of the same type. For example, four winter tyres during the winter, four summer tyres during the summer, or four all-season tyres.

Unlike Europe, in the UK it’s not illegal to use the wrong seasonal tyres, however it is highly advisable that you don’t. Doing so will affect handling and braking distance, and will wear your tyres much quicker and potentially damage the tyre structure. 

You should also not mix off-road tyres with standard road tyres. 

Tyre markings

The markings or codes on the tyre sidewall indicate the following, in order:

  • Tyre width
  • Aspect ratio
  • Radial construction
  • Rim diameter
  • Load index
  • Speed rating

Tyre load markings

Tyre load markings indicate the weight, in kilograms, that each tyre is able to support. Because there are four tyres, that means the max load can be multiplied by four, which will be enough to support the vehicle weight, along with passengers and a finite load.

Below is a guide to 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

Tyre speed rating

The tyre speed rating indicates the maximum speed at which the vehicle can travel when the tyres are in use. This is indicated by the last letter on the markings on the tyres sidewall.

To find the speed rating required for your vehicle, you should refer to the handbook. These letters are universal, and mean the following:

Speed Maximum Car Speed for Tyre
Speed 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

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 that 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’s illegal to run a tyre with a minimum tread depth of less than 1.6mm round the entire outer circumference. 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 it’s advised that you change your tyres before you reach the legal limit.

The penalty for driving with illegal tyres on your car is severe. There’s a compulsory driving licence endorsement of three penalty points, and a fine of up to £2,500 for each illegal tyre - which means if each tyre is below the legal limit you could face a fine of up to £10,000.

It’s important that you regularly inspect the condition of your tyres to ensure the tyre tread depth is above the legal minimum, and for signs of damage.

The 20p test

You can use a 20p coin to check tread depth by slotting it between the grooves - if the outer rim of the coin is visible, it’s advisable that you have your tyres replaced.

Relative stopping distances of tyres

Take a look at the below graphic (not to scale) that demonstrates just how dramatically having the correct tyre tread depth can affect braking distances. For safety reasons, it’s vital that you ensure you have roadworthy tyres.

Spare tyre

It’s not a legal requirement that you keep a spare tyre - along with the tools needed for changing a tyre - with you in the vehicle.

However, it’s advised that you do carry a spare tyre (unless your car uses run-flat tyres) in the event you experience a puncture.

Along with a spare tyre, a pressure gauge is also recommended, but not a legal requirement. A pressure gauge will allow you to check your tyre pressure without the need to take the vehicle to a petrol station or garage.

Radial and cross-ply tyres

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

It’s 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.

Potential penalties

There are a number of offences that can lead to you receiving points on your license, as well as the aforementioned £2,500 fine per tyre. When inspecting your tyres, any of the following can result in points and/or a fine:

  • Tyres below the legal minimum tread depth
  • Tyres under inflated
  • Tears over 25mm or bulges in the tyres structure
  • An incorrect mixture of cross ply/radial tyres
  • Ply or cord which is exposed

It’s best to get an understanding of basic UK tyre law to make sure you’re driving legally.Just Tyres are dedicated tyre specialists

If you’re unsure, any Just Tyre fitting centre will be able to advise you on the legality of your tyres and the tyres you want fitted. Tyres are the only part of the car to be in contact with the road surface, so there’s a lot riding on your tyres. 

If you’re not sure about what tyres you need, get in touch with us today and we can answer any questions you might have, such as correct size, what tyre you need for certain driving conditions, or whether your car has run-flat tyres.

If you know what you’re looking for, you can use our quick and easy tool to buy tyres online today.

Customer services: 01908 222208 [email protected] Calls are recorded for training purposes

Can't find what you're looking for?
Try our live chat
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