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BTMA promotes and represents the tyre manufacturing industry in the UK

The British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (BTMA) represents tyre manufacturers and retreaders supplying the UK market from factories in Europe. BTMA engages actively with government, stakeholders and the media to progress issues ranging from road safety to sustainability and from international competitiveness to employee health and safety. BTMA members supply two-thirds of the tyres on UK roads and are committed to further improving road safety and reducing the environmental impact of road transport.

BTMA promotes and represents the tyre manufacturing industry in the UK

The British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (BTMA) represents tyre manufacturers and retreaders supplying the UK market from factories in Europe. BTMA engages actively with government, stakeholders and the media to progress issues ranging from road safety to sustainability and from international competitiveness to employee health and safety. BTMA members supply two-thirds of the tyres on UK roads and are committed to further improving road safety and reducing the environmental impact of road transport.

Tyre Care

Tyre neglect is widespread: 27% of MOT test failures are tyre-related. Improved tyre stewardship would bring significant improvement to both the environmental impact of mobility and road safety.

Surveys show repeatedly that 25% of vehicles have at least one tyre 25% under-inflated. Over 600,000 tyres and 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 are wasted in the UK every year due to tyre under-inflation.

Retreading

Retreading gives a whole new life to suitable used tyres.  Retreaded tyres are safe: 4 out of 5 civil aircraft fly on them.  International regulation ensures that retreaded tyres meet the same safety standards as new tyres.

Using retreaded truck and bus tyres delivers three times the resource efficiency and consumes four times fewer tyres than using low-cost single-life tyres.  All at the same overall tyre cost per mile.

Second-hand tyres

Defra reports that over 5 million salvaged partly-worn tyres are supplied in the UK every year.

Although this contributes to increased resource efficiency, many used tyres are not suitable for further use; of almost 500 blind purchases of second-hand tyres made by Trading Standards Officers in recent years, 58% did not comply with the minimum safety standard required by regulations.

Tyres and the Environment

As consumers, we are increasingly aware of the impact of our lifestyle choices on the environment.  BTMA members have a longstanding commitment to harnessing the power of innovation and scientific research to reduce the environmental impact of mobility and to increase its sustainability.

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