Police chief fined £586 for driving police car with bald tyres

Company car drivers be warned – you could be held responsible for driving an unroadworthy vehicle on the roads, as ex-Dyfed Powys police and crime commissioner Christopher Salmon has discovered.

Salmon, who was defeated at the polls earlier this month, has been hit with a £586 fine after his own force reported him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

He was caught in October after suffering a blow-out while using a BMW pool car which was found to have two illegal tyres.

In a statement, Salmon said: “On 1 October 2015 I collected a shared pool car owned and maintained by Dyfed-Powys Police from the Force’s Headquarters. Before driving the car I did not check the condition of the tyres. The next day whilst I was driving the car there was a blow-out of a tyre.

“On subsequent examination the car was found to have two tyres that did not have sufficient tread to comply with the requirements of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations.

“I’m judged by the same laws as everyone else. I should have checked the tyres before using this shared car. I committed two offences of using a motor vehicle with defective tyres and I will accept the penalties imposed.”

Swansea magistrates fined Salmon £586, with £114 costs and three penalty points on his licence.