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Spare tyre debate looms for Swansea councillors

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

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THE intricacies of modern-day tyres and inflation packs will be chewed over by Swansea councillors this week.

Members of the licensing committee are being asked to allow officers to grant hackney carriage and private hire vehicles a licence if the vehicle in question is not manufactured with a spare wheel, as long as all other criteria are met.

The current guidelines are that licensed vehicles must carry a spare wheel at all times.

But council officers are getting more applications from owners of newer vehicles which have various spare tyre alternatives.

A report going before the committee on Friday says: "Many vehicles are now supplied with a tyre sealant and tyre inflation packs, run flat tyres or space saving non-standard spare tyre or a skinny spare as manufacturers look for different ways of space or weight saving ideas in new models of vehicle.

"The tyre sealant and tyre inflation packs are used to temporarily seal a puncture and are not used to repair the tyre itself.

"The sealant works by externally injecting the sealant and compressed air through the tyre valve. The pack seals and inflates punctured tyres instantly allowing the proprietor to drive to the nearest tyre repair centre where the tyre can be removed from the wheel and checked for internal damage before it is repaired or replaced."

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  • siarad2  |  August 02 2014, 6:11PM

    Sealants only work for a small area of tyre, if at all, NOT in the sidewall or possibly the outer tread. I know tyres do not always re-inflate so unless you carry a pump you can be stranded, bad boy that'll increase CO2. Such beyond tread sealed punctures are positively dangerous! The EU is going too far with it's CO2 reduction.

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