MOTORISTS in Sarawak are reminded to use only approved tyres for their safety and for driving enjoyment.
Road Safety Department (JKJR) deputy director general Sim Say Kiong said that selecting the right tyres for a vehicle was an important decision.
He said that many motorists did not realise it was extremely dangerous to use unapproved ones like re-grooved, snow or rethread tyres.
“Using unapproved tyres can pose a threat to road safety,” he told a press conference at the JKJR office in Kuching yesterday.
He urged private vehicle owners and taxi drivers to use only Malaysian Standard, DOT, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe or Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Specifications approved tyres.
“DOT indicates conformity with international tyre-manufacturing regulations and will include information such as date of manufacture, load and pressure allowed, tyre construction details and maximum load capacity.
Re-grooving is the practice of carving out the rubber on the surface of an exhausted tyre to create tread depth while snow tyres are those used on snow and ice.
Sim called on retailers in Sarawak to promote and sell only approved tyres.
He said that re-grooved tyres were common in Malaysia, making up 5% of the tyres fixed on vehicles.
“We need the cooperation of retailers to get rid of illegal tyres as it is not safe to drive with them,” he said.
Motorists were reminded to make it a habit to do visual checks on the condition of their tyres before leaving on a journey.
He said that Malaysian motorists seldom made such checks and this posed a risk to road safety.
“Make it a point to check the tyre thread, cracks or unevenness as well as tyre pressure,” he said.