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Tingle
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Joined: 18 Jun 2014
Odometer: 57



1993 Suzuki Vitara

PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:17 pm    Post subject: Tyre law Reply with quote

does anybody know what the law is on protruding wheels, my offroad tyres stick out a good few inches and as im only going locally (40 minutes) i would like to have them on before i get there to save me faffing around, i have some big arches that i could stick on if thats all i will need. cheers
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RichardD
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Joined: 13 Mar 2003
Odometer: 22856
Location: State of Confusion



PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IIRC the tread must be covered (but not necessarily the side wall) when viewed from above.

A difference should be drawn between the 'law' and' construction and use regs' and I'm, not sure which applies.

A good few inches would equate to big trouble if Plod get interested or something were to happen. A couple of cm might be ok. This is to stop all the muck of the day getting thrown up at passers by and onto your own mirrors etc.

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Mr Tyre
Mud Obsessed


Joined: 17 Jun 2002
Odometer: 4889
Location: Darlington Co Durham



PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both the law and construction and use regulations come into it Richard.You will find new and newish tractors now have to have a large percentage of the rear tyres covered from above.

If the event is large and well advertised then it may well arise the interest of both the local Police and DVSA. I hope you have a good event,before you start you journey home i suggest that the lights and number plates are cleaned as the lights being dirty and the number plates being unreadable is an easy pull for them.
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Tingle
Winch Assistant


Joined: 18 Jun 2014
Odometer: 57



1993 Suzuki Vitara

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks i just ended up using my road tyres to avoid any problems!
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one2killu
Off-Road Guru


Joined: 09 Jan 2010
Odometer: 1021
Location: suffolk


1996 Suzuki Samurai

PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recall the plod telling a freind it was to protect on coming pedestrians, the arch cover would deflect someone rather the cut them down . But I can't see how that works for seriously jacked up trucks with 33" + tyres 😁
But the laws the law ....
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Big Dunc
Just got MTs


Joined: 09 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I asked my MOT man about this last week as my tyres stick slightly beyond the arch.

MOT wise, it is the wheel, not the tyre that counts, so in my case, that is fine.

However, as far as construction and use regs go, it is the tyre tread. So I am about to fit bigger arches.

Its only a cm I need, so I am planning on a bit of rubber for an extension. However, I would be interested to know how actively this is policed and whether you are likely to get away with a warning rather than a ticket.
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one2killu
Off-Road Guru


Joined: 09 Jan 2010
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Location: suffolk


1996 Suzuki Samurai

PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'd be more inclined to get it legal to cover yourself if the worst was to happen inch " cm or mm . The likely hood getting done for a cm is pretty low and if you was unlucky enough to get pulled you would be warned and your truck declared unfit for road use untill the issue is corrected .
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Mr Tyre
Mud Obsessed


Joined: 17 Jun 2002
Odometer: 4889
Location: Darlington Co Durham



PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Dunc wrote:
I asked my MOT man about this last week as my tyres stick slightly beyond the arch.

MOT wise, it is the wheel, not the tyre that counts, so in my case, that is fine.

However, as far as construction and use regs go, it is the tyre tread. So I am about to fit bigger arches.

Its only a cm I need, so I am planning on a bit of rubber for an extension. However, I would be interested to know how actively this is policed and whether you are likely to get away with a warning rather than a ticket.


If your vehicle has come from a pay and play site and is covered in mud etc, as in can't see headlights, and read number plates, then it may or may not get a tug, if DVSA have one of their pull in areas and they are not happy about things or had a bad day, then they can take the vehicle or make you wait for someone to trailer it away for you.May sound extreme what i have said but i have seen DVSA pull JCB's over for having bald tyres, and farm trailers for having no lights (during daylight hours!!) or bad brakes.
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mike328
Articulating


Joined: 10 Dec 2014
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got pulled into a VOSA inspection in my old car (a merc lowrider) and sat waiting in a queue for an hour just to have the mechanic walk around the car and say "its got new tyres and we've seen the brake lights work, were not interested" and I was sent on my way with a diesel/tax/mot/insurance check... they didn't care to look at modified suspension and steering, hydraulics parts, notched chassis, or any of the safety or installation of any of what ive done... Mr Tyre is right, keep it looking clean and legal at a glance and you'll be left alone Cool
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Big Dunc
Just got MTs


Joined: 09 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After pay & play and laning I always wipe the glass, including all lights and windows and number plates.

I am currently winning some wide arches on flea bay, so will hopefully get them on sooner rather than later.
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