(PRESS RELEASE/Washington State Department of Transportation)
If you have your studded tires on after March 31, expect a $136 fine…
With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day March 31. Starting at midnight on Monday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.
Studded tires also damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps preserve state roadways. Tire removal services can get crowded near the removal deadline, so please plan accordingly.
WSDOT will not extend the studded tire deadline this year, but crews continue to monitor roads, passes, and forecasts and work to quickly clear any late season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions (http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts/default.aspx) before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Inform/default.htm) or calling the 5-1-1 road conditions report.
Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. Other states may have later dates, but the Washington law applies to all drivers in the state, even visitors. No personal exemptions or waivers are issued.
More information about studded tire regulations (http://www.wsp.wa.gov/driver/vehicle-equipment-requirements/) in Washington is available online.