Earlier this year, the government announced that tyres aged 10 years and older will be banned on certain vehicles.

The rules will apply to any axle of a minibus with single wheels fitted and will extend to HGVs and PSVs.

You can read the full story in the Department for Transport’s news article.

What’s new?

From February 2021, it will become illegal to use tyres aged 10 years and older on:

  • the front axle of a goods vehicle with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500 kg
  • the front axle of a bus or coach – including minibuses
  • the rear axle of a minibus with single rear wheels fitted

It will also be illegal to use tyres which do not display a date code.

What this means for minibuses at MOT 

Tyres that are aged 10 years and older on a front axle of a minibus and on a rear axle fitted with single wheels, will become a test failure at MOT from February 2021.

If these tyres do not display a date code, they will also fail.

These items will be added to the MOT test. So, you will need to check that each tyre displays a date of manufacture or re-treading date.

What happens next?

We will publish updates to the MOT inspection manual before the new legislation comes into force. This will include all the detail you need.

We will update you with more information ahead of the change in the law being introduced.

This new rule will help improve road safety and follows work undertaken by the government and the determined efforts of campaigners.