In May 2012 random tyre inspections were carried out in the Copenhagen area. This was the first time this kind of a tyre inspection campaign was done in Denmark. In September 2012 the campaign was extended to five districts in most of the country.
Now random tyre inspections are now a recurring event in several parts of the country.
Random tyre inspections
What is random tyre inspection?
The police conducts ordinary traffic inspections, in which the driver must present her/his driving license, and the general condition of the car is checked. When this has been completed, the driver is offered the opportunity of having the car's tyres inspected. The tyre inspection is voluntary.
While tyre specialists check the inflation pressure and tread depth of the tyres, the driver is asked a few questions about her/his awareness of the tyre condition. When the tyre inspection has been completed, the driver is given a tread depth measuring device, a form listing the measured tread depth and inflation pressure of the car's tyres, and an information flyer.
The tread depths and inflation pressures that are measured during the random inspections are recorded. The results form the basis of a tyre inspection report.
What is the purpose of the inspection?
During random tyre inspections in previous years in Sweden, every third car had at least one badly worn tyre (3 mm of tread or less). The remarkable thing was that only one driver in ten was aware that her/his car had one or more badly worn tyres. Previous results also indicated that two of three drivers had not checked inflation pressure during the past month or did not know when this had been done most recently. Under-inflation causes the tyres to wear prematurely and increases fuel consumption. Furthermore, poorly inflated tyres make the car difficult to control in a critical situation. The risk of punctures also increases.
The purpose of the tyre inspection campaign is to increase motorists' awareness of the significance of tread depth with respect to traffic safety, and the importance of proper inflation pressure for the environment, traffic safety, and for personal finances.
Who performs the inspection?
The tyre inspection campaign is a joint effort between Danish National Police, FDM (Federation of Danish Motorists), Danish Technological Institute, The Tyre Importers Association, The Association for Retread Manufacturers and The Association for Tyre Distributors, which are all working together in The Tyre Safety Council.
The council is a non-profit brand-neutral organization with the aim to raise motorists' and public bodies' awareness of tyre related safety aspects. It is also the objective to spread awareness of regulations and legislation, thereby contributing to improving road safety. The Danish Tyre Safety Council was founded in 1991.