February 27, 2011 19:01 ET

Swinton Commercial Backs Tyresafe Campaign

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2011) - Swinton Commercial is backing the Tyresafe campaign, which aims to highlight the dangers of driving with defective tyres. The campaign is aimed specifically at van drivers.

This comes at a time when Swinton Commercial, the UK's leading high street retailer of van insurance surveyed 1,200 online customers and found that nearly two fifths (39%) of van drivers do not check their tyres regularly for damage.

Tyresafe is launching a new dedicated van tyre safety section on its website after VOSA revealed that "condition of tyres" remains the most frequent prohibition defect at spot checks on light goods vehicles across the country.

Swinton Commercial is also warning van drivers of the possible consequences of being caught driving with defective tyres. Van drivers can expect a personal fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for each defective tyre. This is also likely to have an adverse effect on future van insurance quotes.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Commercial, said, "Van drivers and business owners should check their tyres on a regular basis, maybe doing it at the same day and time each week to make it a regular habit. That way they can spot defective tyres and have them repaired to avoid fines and penalty points."

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates  

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