Highways team is commended for spreading vehicle safety message

Tyre pressure checks. Library image.

Tyre pressure checks. Library image.

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A highways team that gives advice to motorists about vehicle maintenance has been recognised for its road safety initiative.

Judges at this year’s TyreSafe Awards highly commended the team under Central Bedfordshire Council, which hosted a series of safety check events during 2014.

The vehicle safety checks, part of the Bedfordshire and Luton Casualty Reduction Partnership, show drivers how to make sure that their vehicles are in good working order. Team members fix faults and help motorists to identify problems with their cars.

Almost 1,000 vehicles have been checked through the scheme, which found that incorrect tyre pressure and poor tread depths were the most common faults.

Councillor Brian Spurr, who oversees community services at the council, said: “While bad weather and poor driving conditions are beyond motorists’ control, car maintenance is an issue for which we all need to take personal responsibility.

“It is important to ensure that vehicles are serviced regularly, so that any faults can be identified and fixed before they develop into a major problem. By doing this, not only will it help you to avoid a big bill from the garage but, most importantly, it will also help to reduce the number of incidents on our roads.”