Motor trade insurance holders are being warned that their lives could be at risk due to unsafe tyres, according to an industry expert.
A new study revealed that certain budget tyres from Russia and the Far East do not work as well in wet weather as other brands from Europe.
Stricter guidelines are coming into force in the next two years to ensure motor trade insurance holders have a clearer understanding of what goods they will actually be buying.
But, Continental Tyres UK boss David Smith said: "The problem is these will be self-certification labels and the manufacturers can say what they like on them because the tyres are not going to be independently checked."
He added that under-inflated tyres and misaligned suspension can mean tyres get worn down a lot quicker and therefore put motor trade insurance holders at risk.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists recently urged motor trade insurance holders to perform checks on their vehicles to ensure they are prepared for the summer months.