Retreaded tyres okay but must comply with regulations, says expert

The government says some 10,000 accidents take place each year due to retreaded tyres and overloaded lorries. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A road safety expert has attributed the high accident rate in the country in part to a lack of knowledge among road users of the proper use of retreaded tyres.

Wong Shaw Voon, who is on the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research board, said many consumers are ignorant when it comes to buying and checking retreaded tyres.

“All retreaded tyres must comply with the Malaysian Standard 224 on tyres,” he told FMT.

The standard states the material requirements, casing inspection and selection for retreading, the process involved, and the marking and warranty prescribed.

But consumers are not solely to blame as those who sell retreaded tyres are often ignorant of this as well, he said.

“Some may be naive, while others may not understand the basics of tyres,” Wong said.

He was responding to Works Minister Baru Bian, who said at least 30 accidents a day were caused by retreaded tyres which can explode and cause a chain reaction harming other motorists.

Baru had also called for more enforcement to reduce the accident rate of about 10,000 each year due to retreaded tyres and overloaded lorries.

Wong said each tyre could be retreaded up to three times, but that strict enforcement was needed to ensure the safety of road users and the condition of such tyres.

“Enforcement on the ground is important to ensure that people buy and use the right products,” he said. “The same goes for sellers or companies which must sell the right products.”

He also urged consumers to check the designated standard when buying and using retreaded tyres.

“It must be certified,” he said. “The problem is whether people are following the regulations, or if enforcement personnel are really checking.”