Incorrect tyre pressure in 64% of passenger cars
In 2020, 64 percent of passenger cars were driving with at least one car tyre under-inflated. This is evident from a study of tyre pressure by the engineering firm M+P. In 2019, this was still 47 percent.
The engineering firm carries out the measurements on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, which previously launched a tyre campaign, checking a thousand cars at each measurement. In 2020, the measurements took place in June and November, with under-inflation at the last measurement reaching 75 per cent. According to the engineering firm, this high percentage is due to the corona crisis, which has led to less use of cars and less attention to tyre maintenance and the number of tyre changes.
In 2020, 20 per cent of measured cars had a tyre with a dangerous under-inflation of 0.5 bar or more. This percentage has increased compared to 2019 when 12 per cent of measured cars had a dangerous under-inflation.
Since 2014, car manufacturers have been obliged to equip all their models with TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System). Ignoring TPMS warnings can earn the driver criminal charges.