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DVLA Endorsement Code: CU30
(remains on driving licence 4 years from date of offence
It is an offence to use or cause or permit to be used, a motor vehicle on a road which is fitted with a pneumatic tyre which is unsuitable having regard to the use to which the vehicle is being put.
A pneumatic tyre is any rubber tyre that is filled with pressurized air.
41A - Breach of requirements as to brakes, steering-gear or tyres
A person who --
is guilty of an offence
Any driver who uses a wheeled vehicle (or trailer) on a road that does not meet the required construction and use requirements for that vehicle will be guilty of an offence.
Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986  stipulates the construction and use requirements for tyres and the conditions that tyres must be kept, used and maintained.
A wheeled motor vehicle or trailer with pneumatic tyres should not be used on a road if any of the following conditions apply:
Regulations a - g above do not apply to the following: An agricultural motor vehicle that is being driven at a speed not exceeding 20mph, an agricultural trailer, an agricultural trailer appliance, any vehicle which has broken down and any vehicle which is proceeding to a destination by being towed at a speed not exceeding 20mph, where the vehicle is going to be broken up (e.g. a scrap yard).
Regulations f & g above do not apply to the following: A three wheeled motor cycle which has an unladen weight that does not exceed 102kg and has a maximum speed of 12mph or a pedestrian controlled works truck.
Regulation g does not apply to the following: Any motorcycle which has an engine capacity of less than 50cc.
Regulations f & g above do not apply to the following vehicles first used on or after 1933: Passenger vehicles, other than motorcycles, that are constructed or adapted to carry no more than 8 seated passengers in addition to the driver, goods vehicles that have a maximum gross weight which does not exceed 3,500kg (including light trailers). The tyres on the aforementioned vehicles must meet the following requirements:
Any re-cut pneumatic tyre that is fitted to any of the wheels of a vehicle or trailer must not:
Using a motor vehicle with defective tyres is a summary only offence and can be dealt with at a magistrates court or by way of a fixed penalty.
Regular Vehicles: the fixed penalty for using a vehicle with defective tyres is £100 fine and 3 penalty points for each defective tyre.
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV's) & Public Service Vehicles (PSV's): the fixed penalty for using a vehicle with defective tyres is £100 fine and 3 penalty points for each defective tyre in most cases.
If a HGV / PSV has a tyre which has a tread of less than 1mm then the fixed penalty for each defective tyre will be £200 fine and 3 penalty points.
If prosecuted in a magistrates court the maximum sentence received (per tyre) is:
If any penalty points awarded results in a driver accumulating 12 penalty points or more within a three year period then they will be liable for disqualification under the totting up procedure.