Drivers should remove their studded tires before the end of the day on Thursday, March 31 to avoid possible fines.
Starting Friday, April 1, drivers could be subject to a fine of $136 if they fail to remove studded tires from their vehicles.
“The Washington State Department of Transportation encourages drivers to remove studded tires prior to the deadline, if possible,” stated a news release. “Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways.”
State law gives the WSDOT authority to extend the deadline if circumstances call for it, most commonly when widespread snow and ice is forecast.
“While late season storms are possible in the mountain passes, there are no forecasted statewide conditions that would call for an extension of the deadline,” stated the release.
WSDOT recommends drivers use approved traction tires and carry chains, if necessary, for mountain travel.
Travelers are advised to check road conditions before they head out and can stay up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools or by calling 511 for the road conditions report.
“Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal date,” stated the release. “Other states may have different studded tire removal dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued."
For more information on studded tire regulations in the state, go online to www.wsp.wa.gov/driver/vehicle-equipment-requirements.
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