Almost 10,000 drivers issued penalties for simple car faults by ‘neglecting basic checks’

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The latest figures from the DVLA show more than 31,900 drivers have been caught with detective tyres over the past four years with 4,600 suffering from poor brakes. Figures are slightly down on previous years highlighting a “concerning” number of drivers who are failing to keep their car maintained.

A total of 8,852 motorists were recorded as having tyre problems last year.

A total of 846 drivers were caught driving with poor brakes in 2020 with 85 prosecutions for driving with defective steering.

Tyre faults were down slightly on 2019’s bumper 9,330 but were up on the previous two years.

The figures mean a total of 9,783 drivers were caught out last year by travelling with simple but possibly deadly car faults.

Just 5,147 were caught with bad tyres in 2017 before 8,592 were caught the following year.

However, brake issues were down from the 1,604 projections in 2018 and 1,103 registered in 2019.

Steering problems were also down from 131 prosecutions in 2019 as less people use the roads.

Duncan McClure Fisher, Founder and CEO of MotorEasy said: “These figures highlight the concerning number of people who are neglecting basic checks to ensure their car is fit for the road.

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“As well as being extremely dangerous, drivers who get behind the wheel of a car with faulty tyres, brakes and steering can be slapped with three or more penalty points and a £2,500 fine.”

Research from road safety charity TyreSafe has shown one in five drivers never check their tyres when on the road.

Meanwhile, experts suggest there are around 10 million illegal tyres on UK roads meaning one in every four vehicles will be affected.

Mr McClure Fisher said regular checks were “essential” and urge road users to contact experts if they noticed “any differences” with their vehicle.

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