Discussion in 'Motors' started by FunkyT, 6 Mar 2010.
I have a spare that is borderline/barely legal - could it be an issue if I was pulled at any stage?
The spare tyre does need to be legal.
My understanding is that it isn't illegal to not have one but if you do have one, it needs to be legal.
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.
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..)
And you would be quite correct. Ish.
It must be legal when fitted but doesn't have to be when stowed.
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.
There's nowhere quite like OcUK for misinformation delivered as fact
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!
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!
What's the point in carrying one if it's illegal anyway
One could be transporting the tyre to a waste disposal facility.
Then its not a spare wheel Its a scrap one!
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.
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.
You could be storing the one you just swapped for you spare?
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