I was filmed at ITV’s Salford studios for inclusion in an episode of ‘Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories’. It is expected to be aired in September 2019 and it concerns the Merseypride Travel coach crash on the A3 in 2012 in which the front nearside tyre burst, causing the coach to veer off the road which resulted in the deaths of 3 of the occupants.
I gave evidence to the Surrey Coroner that the tyre failed principally as a result of its age (19½ years, even older than the coach). That prompted the mother of one of the boys who died to start a campaign ‘Tyred’ to try to persuade the government to introduce a maximum age for PSV tyres. I understand that the program will largely be concerned with her efforts to do that.
Filming was particularly apt for me as it came a week after I gave evidence to the Avon Coroner concerning an accident in which a lorry had gone out of control as a result of an old front tyre bursting, again principally as a result of its age (18¼ years old) – see the previous news item.