It’s almost time to remove studded tires


March 25, 2014

The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers to remove their studded tires by midnight March 31.

Unless WSDOT grants a weather-related extension, studded tires are only legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31. With forecasts the rest of the month calling for temperatures well above freezing in most parts of the state, WSDOT does not plan to extend the deadline.

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DOT extends studded tire removal deadline to April 11

April 6, 2010

Due to the threat of wintry weather in the Cascades, state Department of Transportation officials have extended the deadline to remove studded tires beyond the original April 1 deadline.

Drivers must remove studded tires by April 11. Otherwise, the Washington State Patrol will enforce a $124 fine against motorists caught with the winter gear after the deadline. State law typically allows studded tires between Nov. 1 and March 31.

Officials said studded tires damage the highway. The tires also make it more difficult to stop on wet or dry pavement. In icy conditions, however, studded tires can help drivers gain traction.

Find driving tips, and learn about the agency’s winter roadway operations, snow and ice removal and avalanche control at the winter driving Web site.

State DOT extends deadline; drivers must remove studded tires by April 11

March 30, 2010

UPDATED — 4:30 p.m. March 30, 2010

Due to the threat of wintry weather in the Cascades, state Department of Transportation officials extended the deadline to remove studded tires beyond the original Thursday deadline.

Drivers must remove studded tires by April 11. Otherwise, the Washington State Patrol will enforce a $124 against motorists caught with the winter gear after the deadline.

State law typically allows studded tires between Nov. 1 and March 31.

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