Do you drive? Know what the Zimbabwean law says about your vehicle tyres!

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Failure to observe any of the regulations below will constitute an offence punishable by a fine not
exceeding level five or to a period of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or both.

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Statutory Instrument 154 of 2010: Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment & Use) Regulations 2010 came
into operation on 1 st December 2010 and replace the regulations of 1972 (Chapter 13:11) as last amended
in 1988.

The regulations lay minimum compliance requirements for motor vehicles construction and equipment and
fixtures required to be carried on or fixed to the vehicle. Of interest to you is what the provisions say
about your vehicle tyres, as stated below:

The Law Regarding Tyres:

  • Minimum tread depth on any part of the tyre stated as 1mm.
  • Regrooving of non-regroovable tyres prohibited.
  • Tyres with exposed cords, lumps / bulges consistent with ply separation, tread lift prohibited.
  • Adherence to tyre load and speed indices a must.
  • Tyres must be of the right size and correctly inflated as per manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Tyres on the same axle (i.e. the left and right tyres at the front of your car; or the ones at the back)
    must be of the same size, type and construction.
  • Re-treaded tyres outlawed on front axles of passenger public service vehicles and heavy vehicles
    and passenger service vehicles without dual tyres.
  • Serviceable Spare Wheel, working jack and appropriate wheel spanner mandatory,

Other provisions covered includes; reflectors in front and rear, reflective breakdown triangles, SAZ approved fire extinguisher, securing of seats, defective doors and panels, working speedometer, displaying gross and net mass, maintenance of engines (prohibition of using vehicles with defective exhausts, silencer, oil/grease/fuel leaks).

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Statutory Instrument 154 Of 2010: Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment & Use) Regulations 2010.