Old Tyres Kill! This is our clear message to the British public and ultimately, UK Parliament.
Why does tyred exist?
In September 2012 Michael Molloy, then aged 18, was travelling back from the Bestival music festival when the coach he was travelling in crashed on the A3 in Surrey killing him, Kerry Ogden, aged 23, and the driver, Colin Daulby. Many of the young people travelling on the coach were left with horrific, life changing injuries.
The cause of the coach crash was a 19.5-year-old tyre. The tyre was older than Michael.
Unbelievably, there is no law that prevents irresponsible operators from using dangerously old tyres and the general public is completely unaware. Two coroners have written to the Government voicing their concerns about safety in relation to the age of tyres. Since Michael’s death his mum, Frances Molloy, has campaigned to have the law changed so that no other families will endure the loss and suffering experienced by her family and friends.
Earlier this year with the help of Agent, Frances has established the tyred campaign to raise awareness amongst parents of the dangers of old coach tyres, to influence change in legislation and, ultimately, save lives. Many parents aren’t aware that the coaches that take their children to football matches, school trips and on holidays are using dangerously old tyres. People are horrified that this is the case.
Frances thought coach travel was a safe form of public transport, yet the coach to which she entrusted her son turned out to be a death trap because of a 19.5-year-old tyre that no-one could see was going to burst because of the deterioration caused by its age.
Michael was a talented and creative songwriter and musician – just beginning to carve out his future and gain recognition in an exciting world. After his death, his family released ‘Rise and Fall’ – a song he had recorded literally weeks before his death. The song made the UK top 40 charts and was given critical acclaim by musicians such as Brian May and James Morrison. Michael’s life was full of enjoyment, love, hope and promise. His life was needlessly cut tragically short.
Our tyred team here at Agent
We’re all incredibly passionate about tyred at Agent and each tyred team member plays a vital role in the campaign – led by our campaign manager, Zoe. Kurtis and Shane created the tyred website, Jon creates all of the creative materials and James is responsible for all video content. Each element of content is vital for our in-house social media team – Laura, Sarah and Sean – who manage tyred’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts on a daily basis.
Social media has played a huge role in getting the message out there that #OldTyresKill. So far, we have reached thousands of people from across the UK and beyond via the three of the tyred platforms and achieved a reach of over 6 million. The team wants to continue to build on this and propel the vital tyred message to as many people as possible. If you’re not already – please click follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
What has tyred achieved so far?
Friday 30 June 2017 was the tyred launch event. It was attended by leaders from the tyre and transport industry as well as politicians and key influencers from across the UK. The guest speakers and supporters of tyred included Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, Maria Eagle MP, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy, Vinay Parmar (Executive Director at National Express), Stefan Hay (CEO National Tyre Distribution Assoication), Frank McKenna (CEO Downtown in Business) and Paul Corcoran (MD of Agent).
After the launch event, we got a huge response and news coverage from around the UK, including mutiple national press outlets. The press support we have had has been key to getting the tyred message out to the whole of the UK – including: BBC Breakfast, Liverpool Echo, BBC Radio Merseyside, Radio City 96.7, Capital FM, ITV News, BBC Radio Surrey, BBC Radio 4 and Transport Focus .
We’ve also built key partnerships with key transport companies such as National Express and City Sights Liverpool who have publically backed our campaign and ensured they will not use tyres older than ten years on their vehicles. This is massive step and we believe this is a pivotal moment in helping us change the law.
Since the launch, tyred has achieved a lot, with thousands of supporters from across the UK calling for a change in the law by writing to their local MPs and asking them to support our campaign. We’ve had backing from some of the most recognised coach companies in the UK, including National Express, and support from leading music festivals such as Bestival. We also have the backing of Liverpool City Council, Wirral Council, Sefton Council, Knowsley Council and Cheltenham Council. As well as this, local city leaders have signed an agreement with bus operators to ensure all tyres on buses across Liverpool City Region fit within safety standards.
We’re taking huge steps to ensure this vital law is changed – we’ve even had the leaders from of the two largest political parties recognise the importance of tyred and agree that something must be done.
Every single day we’re working to grow tyred with the help and support from the general public, MPs, businesses and influencers. People power is integral. We’re truly grateful for how the country and the people of Liverpool have got behind the campaign – helping us to really influence a change in a law that would affect absolutely everybody.
On the 31 October 2017, Maria Eagle MP presented the ten-minute rule bill at Houses of Parliament. It was a pivotal moment in our campaign. At this point, it had no objections moving forward. Maria presented the second bill on the 1 December 2017 – this was blocked by a Government whip.
Click here to watch the statement made by Frances following the objection.
We continue to campaign to change the law with our third bill on 19 January 2018.
What’s next? We need YOUR help!
We MUST have 100,000 signatures before 19 June 2018. For the safety of your family, friends and colleagues PLEASE take a moment to sign, share and tell everybody you can. We need support not just from the city but from the country!
You can sign the petition here. It takes less than minute and can be done straight from your phone.
It’s simple, #OldTyresKill. The law on tyres needs to change for the safety of the general public. Don’t forget you can also follow tyred on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit their website to see how you can help.