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I bought a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi which had 17" Alloy wheels already fitted. I run a Private Hire Company and the Caddy was perfect for the job. First thing I asked for was a same size spare wheel as I offer a 24hr service and finding a tyre repair company at 2am at Heathrow Airport etc. would be difficult. To cut a long story sort the car retailer is offering me a 16" wheel with a larger profile tyre which he insists will get me out of trouble in the event of a punture. I say as soon as I put the spare wheel on it will not pass an MOT so will invalidate my insurance and also not pass a council test. I need something like a legislation number or similar to quote.
The whole point is a am a private hire driver and if I have a puncture while carrying passengers to an Airport or Seaport in the middle of the night I can't just pop to the nearest tyre retailer for a repair. Therefore I need to know the exact wording of the law associated to driving with different sized tyres on the same axle. If I were to take my vehicle for a MOT test with different sized tyres on the same axle it would fail. Therefore as soon as I change the wheel in the event of a puncture I am driving a vehicle with no MOT and illegal on the road in this country. This invalidates my insurance and also my council licence. I stressed with the car salesman that I needed five wheels all the same diameter and all the tyres the same profile. If he had said he could not supply this I would not have bought the car. It is legal to drive with a space saver in this country but these wheels are marked as such and are only used in an emergency. This wheel they have offered me is not a space saver, which would be no good to me on a long journey.
Surely only a space saver wheel which is marked as such is the only legal emergency wheel. I have a written admission from the salesman to say the first thing I made clear before we mentioned price was that the vehicle was to be used as a private hire vehicle and I could not accept a space saver wheel or a can of foam or an inflation kit. Time and time again I stressed that I need a same size spare but still they keep offering a different sized wheel which is not even a space saver. I have MOT printouts supporting my case, I have Emails from my Insurance Broker, I have a letter from the council, I have contacted the Police, who would not make an official Statement but backed my cause. Now maybe with this link I might just get the edge. Thank you any further help would be very much appreciated.