By Staff Reporter
Almost half the trucks on Cyprus’ roads have at least one worn tyre, according to figures released on Tuesday by the non-profit REACTION Youth for Prevention.
In addition one in every five cars is circulating with worn tyres, showing, an increase of 9 per cent compared to last year.
According to REACTION, the percentage of worn tyres on trucks over the island is at 46.7 per cent, while in Nicosia the figure jumps to 69.3 per cent and in Paphos 63.6 per cent.
The survey was centered on a random sample of 670 vehicles islandwide during the period June 2 to 9.
The head of REACTION Marios Stavrou told journalists that many of the tyres were in such bad shape, they could explode at any minute with dangerous consequences.
“Road crashes are a daily occurrence on Cypriot roads and many are caused by worn tyres,” he said.
According to the survey, around 14 per cent of passenger vehicles circulating in Cyprus have incorrect pressure in at least one tyre.
In first place in this category was Limassol with 20.4 per cent, followed by 12.8 per cent in Nicosia.
In vans – 15.9 per cent islandwide – at least one tyre per vehicle had the wrong pressure. Larnaca and Paphos, with 20 per cent each, came second to Limassol.
One fifth, or one in five cars circulating in Cyprus, have at least one damaged tyre each.
Larnaca, which had 27.2 per cent in this category was highest, followed by Nicosia with 21.7 per cent.
Referring to the consequences of incorrect tyre pressure Stavrou said it increased risk of being unable to brake in time, and resulted in increased fuel consumption.
Stavrou said tyres can generally run for between 40,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on driving style and road conditions.
He also said air pressure should be checked at least once a month.