Fined: Second company in Alperton selling dangerous tyres that can kill
PUBLISHED: 18:11 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 18:12 27 August 2015
A second company has been convicted of selling dangerous second hand tyres on the same trading estate in Alperton as another business a week ago.
3D Tyres Ltd and its 34-year-old company director Zarish Javed have been fined £4,832 after they were caught during a spot check by Brent Council Trading Standards.
Willesden Magistrates’ Court heard undercover officers found the company in Mount Pleasant Avenue, selling the part-worn tyres which were below legal standard.
They were found to be damaged, had sub-standard repairs and were not properly marked as being ‘part-worn’.
One tyre sold to an officer for inspection purposes even had a screw embedded in it.
Javed was fined £800 fine, a victim surcharge of £110 and court costs of £300, whereas the company was ordered to pay a £2,700 fine, a £110 victim surcharge and court costs of £812.20.
The fine comes just a week after Top Tyres & Auto Parts Limited in the same estate and its 37-year-old company director Qasem Sekandary, were together ordered to pay a total of £1,090 for also selling four part-worn tyres to trading standards officers which were also below legal standard.
Physical defects found on part worn tyres can seriously affect the structural integrity of the tyre, therefore making it unsafe. Figures from the National Association of Tyre Distributors (NATD) and Tyre Safe showed that 986 UK motorists were killed or injured in accidents caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres in 2013.
Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council’s cabinet member responsible for trading standards, said: “It is simply unacceptable for tyre companies in Brent to be taking shortcuts with part-worn tyres, putting drivers and their passengers at risk, in order to maximise profits.
“If handled properly, part-worn tyres are perfectly legal and safe, but I would ask anyone thinking of buying a tyre to check it carefully before buying, looking out for cracks, tears, the state of the tread and of course that it is properly marked as a part-worn tyre, before handing over the cash.
“Brent’s Trading Standards team will never tire in their efforts to ensure the public are kept safe. I hope that this second conviction in a week serves as a warning to other tyre companies, that if they do risk public safety, there will be a hefty price to pay.”