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15/07/2011
Tyres under control with "Safe Holidays 2011"

The national initiative “Vacanze Sicure 2011” was presented in Rome at the end of April. Its wide-ranging  activities were described by the director of Traffic Police, Roberto Sgalla, and the director of Assogomma, Fabio Bertolotti. Until the end of June and in collaboration with Assogomma and Federpneus, the Traffic Police were involved in checking the condition of tyres and raising awareness about the importance of tyres for road safety. The initiative involved three important regions: Lazio, Liguria and Sicily.
The Traffic Police who carried out the checks underwent specific training by Assogomma, with particular attention being given to tyre markings and homologation in compliance with sector regulations.
Assogomma director Fabio Bertolotti said that “According to the latest data from the Italian Automobile Club, there are about 48 million vehicles in circulation, 36 million of which are cars with an average age of 7.5 years. The tens of thousands of checks carried out in previous years by the police showed that 8%  to 10% of tyres were smooth, 3% to 10% were visibly damaged, and a significant number of tyres did not comply with the vehicle registration certificate and were not even homologated. Added to this anything but reassuring situation are the vehicles that circulate with low tyre pressures: surveys estimated that half of the cars circulate with deflated tyres and of these 7-8% have tyre pressures 20% below the correct value and their condition could  therefore be a danger.”
Vehicle tyres must guarantee braking, grip, comfort and driving precision. It is for this reason that we strongly believe that one can never be too careful about checking the condition of tyres in summer and as well as in winter” – said Roberto Sgalla, director of Traffic Police – “A few centimetres of rubber are necessary to ensure grip and road hold, essential for travelling in safety.  Checking tyre pressures and wear is a good practice as it also saves fuel consumption and impact on the environment. It is not just a case of avoiding the fines provided for by the Highway Code, there is a much more important aspect: our own safety and that of others.”

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