According to Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop), South Africa has seen a notable increase of sub-standard second-hand tyres with 61% of illegal second-hand tyres being sold into the market and the proliferation of these tyres can have fatal consequences to road users.
The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) is commemorating Transport Month this October, by using its voice to advocate against the sale of unsafe, ill-suited and illicit second-hand tyres to unsuspecting customers looking for quick savings on replacement tyres.
“In support of SATMC’s concerns, we believe that education on the safety risks and consequences of buying second-hand waste tyres, sold into the market, is critical to consumer safety. More importantly, the onus lies with retail tyre fitment dealers to ensure that second-hand waste tyres are mutilated and destroyed and that once these have been assigned for waste pick up, they do not resurface in the market. In addition, should consumers be considering purchasing second-hand tyres, they must only do so from reputable retail outlets and not from the side of the road,” says Haffejee
References: * Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s Used Tyre Survey, 2017