These guides contain essential information necessary to the safe and efficient management of tyres fitted to heavy vehicles: trucks, trailers, buses and coaches. It is addressed to vehicle operators in the UK and reflects UK regulations and operating conditions. The guidance may not be applicable in countries outside the UK. Equally, not all the advice may be applicable to specialist vehicles such as cranes or mobile plant.

Tyres are a safety critical element of every vehicle on the road. They are also one of the most highly regulated automotive components. Tyre manufacturers exercise great care in producing safe, reliable and compliant products. However, the manufacturer cannot accompany a tyre throughout its life; the vehicle operator is responsible for the tyre’s in-service condition. This responsibility is backed by legal obligations concerning not only the condition of the tyre but also the processes and procedures in place to ensure that
tyres in use are fit for purpose at all times.