vehicle defects

the consequences

Defects in tyres and brakes carry a possible disqualification, three penalty points and up to £5000 fine. Penalties may apply to each individual defective tyre and if the full set is defective, disqualification could be possible.

defective tyres

The law requires that all tyres on a motor vehicle, including the spare, have:

  • a minimum depth of tread;
  • are inflated to the correct pressure;
  • and are free from other defects such as cuts to the walls of the tyres.

If you’re found with any type of defective tyre, three points could be put on your licence and a fine of up to £2,500 for a private vehicle, and £5,000 for a commercial vehicle, per offending tyre.

defective brakes

If you’re pulled over and your vehicle is found to have a defective braking system, you will be issued three points on your licence and face a fine of up to £5,000, depending on if your vehicle is for your own use or for goods delivery.

defective parts

If the vehicle is found to have defective parts such as steering, exhaust or lights then expect a fine of up to £2,500 and the imposition of three penalty points if the defect relates to the steering. If there is a second conviction within three years, the court will disqualify you for a period of at least six months.

contact us

If you are facing charges for having a defective vehicle, you should speak to one of our driving offence solicitors for comprehensive advice and guidance on how to handle your defence. Contact our Manchester office on 0161 827 9500, or fill in our contact form and we will be in touch shortly