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Spare tyre - does it need to be legal?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by FunkyT, 6 Mar 2010.

  1. FunkyT


    Joined: 27 Aug 2003

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    I have a spare that is borderline/barely legal - could it be an issue if I was pulled at any stage?
  2. Xez

    Wise Guy

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    The spare tyre does need to be legal.
  3. shauncr91


    Joined: 28 Dec 2007

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    Location: Sheffield

    My understanding is that it isn't illegal to not have one but if you do have one, it needs to be legal.
  4. Westyfield2


    Joined: 14 Dec 2005

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    Location: Bath

    My understanding

    When it's in the boot or whatever, it doesn't need to be legal. But when it's being used it is subject to the normal rules.
  5. Spuderoony

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  6. loki101


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    needs to be legal for MOT, not that mines ever been checked the amount of suff i have in the boot. (but u don need one for MOT, but of you have one..)
  7. Lopéz

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  8. Von Smallhausen

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    And you would be quite correct. Ish.

    It must be legal when fitted but doesn't have to be when stowed.
  9. Lopéz

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  10. Lopéz

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    The spare must be legal if it is fitted to the car (ie it is fitted to your hub and driving on the road) A spare in the boot or in the spare wheel cage is not considered to be "fitted"

    It does not have to be legal if it is in the boot. It is also not part of the MOT test.
  11. PMKeates


    Joined: 16 Jul 2004

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    There's nowhere quite like OcUK for misinformation delivered as fact :p

    You just have to think about it - how could you enforce that a spare tyre has to be legal? You could be just transporting an illegal tyre and it would suddenly be deemed "the spare" and you'd be charged!
  12. Berger


    Joined: 22 May 2003

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    Good job really, if you can actually get it out of the cage after being stowed under the car for years, its usually illegal due to the cage eating into the side wall over time!
  13. mjt


    Joined: 31 Aug 2007

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    What's the point in carrying one if it's illegal anyway :confused:
  14. Tomsk


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    Location: Overground, underground..

    One could be transporting the tyre to a waste disposal facility.
  15. PhillyDee


    Joined: 12 Feb 2007

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    Location: South Shields


    Then its not a spare wheel :p Its a scrap one!
  16. kaiowas


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    The spare can be useful ballast in the front of an MR2. It's not unknown for people to leave them in on trackdays rather than take it out and upset the weight distribution.
  17. I get around


    Joined: 14 Jan 2009

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    No, doesn't have to be legal afaik.

    I don't even have a spare, chucked it out because it was an illegal spacesaver, chucked a can of tyre weld in instead.
  18. Vanquish-Storm


    Joined: 22 Apr 2009

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    You could be storing the one you just swapped for you spare? :p