Bulk of second-hand tyres sold in RSA are illegal

More than 60% of second-hand tyres are sold illegally in South Africa and affects the safety of everyday vehicles on the road.

A recent report was done by the South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC), revealing that more than 60% of second-hand tyres sold in South Africa are illegal. Second-hand tyres can lead to disastrous consequences for road-users.

Customers often settle for second-hand tyres as a way to save money when it comes to replacing their tyres even though it isn’t a safe option. Buyers are at risk of purchasing a worn tyre that should’ve been scrapped, visiting a reputable dealership with trained professionals lessens the risk.

Second-hand tyres

Chairperson of the South African Tyre Manufacturing Conference (SATMC) Darren Hayes-Powell says, “This is a staggering statistic. One that has fatal consequences for road users, especially when you consider that the only part of the car touching the road is a piece of tyre tread the size of your hand. This transport month, October 2019, we are urging drivers to only purchase tyres, new or second-hand from reputable dealerships.”

CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa Riaz Haffejee says, “In support of SATMC’s concerns, we believe that education on the safety risks and consequences of buying second-hand waste tyres sold into the market is critical to consumer safety. More importantly, the onus lies with retail tyre fitment dealers to ensure that second-hand waste tyres are mutilated and destroyed and that once these have been assigned for waste pick up, they do not resurface in the market.”

According to the Automobile Association (AA), second-hand tyres may have an impact on insurance payouts. In an event of a crash, a claim can be refuted if it is found that the tyres were the cause of the crash because of its poor condition.

Second-hand tyres

“With over 60% of second-hand tyres in South Africa deemed illegal, road users need to understand the dangers of driving on unsafe, worn-out tyres. Unsafe second-hand tyres, as well as worn-out tyres, are one of the major culprits that cause fatal consequences for road users, especially when one considers that the only component of the vehicle which, at any given point, makes contact with the surface of the road, is the tyre,” stated Darren Hayes-Powell, Group Managing Director at Goodyear South Africa.

Second-hand tyres are safe to use when you see:

  • Visible tread wear indicators below tread across the whole tyre
  • No exposed fabric, cuts, lumps or bulges.

A second-hand tyre is not safe to use when you see:

  • Tread depth across any part of the tyre that is below the level of tread wear indicators
  • No tread wear indicator, due to carving the rubber on tyres to create more tread depth
  • Damaged rubber that exposes fabric or cord
  • Cuts, lumps or bulges
  • Second-hand tyres should not be on the market and overall motorists shouldn’t consider it as a cheaper alternative, but rather focus on their road safety and spend that extra few randelas needed.


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