With the onset of autumn, motorists are being advised to make sure their tyres are in good condition and inflated to the correct pressure.

Torbay Council's Road Safety Team will be joining police officers when they carry out enforcement on drivers whose vehicle tyres do not comply with legal requirements.

Executive Lead for Safer Communities and Highways, Councillor Robert Excell, said: "It is essential that vehicle tyres should be maintained in good condition all year around. At this time of year roads can be affected by rain, ice and fallen leaves, so we would encourage all drivers to check the condition of their tyres and make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure.

"As well as the importance for safety reasons of keeping your tyres in good condition, it is also good for the environment and for vehicle running costs."

Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Unit Inspector at Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "You need good tyres which are correctly inflated to enable safe driving. Your tyres are the only contact with the road and affect the steering, braking, acceleration and handling of your vehicle.

"Most tyre suppliers will offer a free check for drivers and you can check your vehicle's manual/handbook for the correct tyre pressures."

By law car tyres must have a minimum of 1.6mm of tread in a continuous band throughout the central three quarters of the tread width and around the entire circumference of the tyre.

The driver of the vehicle is responsible for making sure their tyres are legal and in a roadworthy condition.

The penalty for driving with an illegal tyre is a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per tyre.

Anyone who would like a free tyre safety pack or further information is asked to contact Torbay Council Road Safety Team on 01803 207677.

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