Warning to truck drivers over 'highly dangerous and illegal' wheel spikes

Gardai have issued a warning to motorists after a truck driver in Dublin was stopped for altering his wheels to look "cool".

An appeal was issued yesterday, to haulage companies and lorry drivers in particular, that altering any vehicle using spikes on wheels is “highly dangerous and illegal”.

They said they encountered the truck, pictured, driving in Dublin recently.

Gardai added in statement: “Whilst the driver thought ‘it looks cool’ this poses a serious risk to cyclists, pedestrians and all other road users.

“The driver of the truck was required to remove these before continuing. Anyone who encounters a modified truck should report the incident to Gardai.”

Gardai added that any such modification could be an offence against Section 13 ‘Endangerment’ in the Non-Fatal Offences Against The Person Act 1997 or Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 1963.

The latter outlines that a vehicle “shall not have any inessential object in a position where it is likely to strike any person involved in a collision with the vehicle, unless injury is not likely to be caused by reason of the projection of the object”.

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