Having Studded Tires on After March 31 Could Result in Hefty Fine
If you still have studded tires on after March 31st, you could face a hefty fine. DOT is reminding drivers to swap out their tires before the deadline.
Washington Department Of Transportation is reminding drivers to have their studded tires off by the March 31st deadline or you could get a ticket if caught.
Here is what the DOT released on their website concerning the studded snow tire removal deadline:
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day Wednesday, March 31. Starting at midnight on Thursday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine.
Studded tires 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 is not extending the studded tire deadline this year, but crews continue to monitor roads, passes, and forecasts and will work to quickly clear any late-season snow or ice. Travelers are always advised to “know before you go” by checking road conditions before heading out and staying up-to-date on changes by using WSDOT’s social media and email alert tools 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.
You'll have the next few weeks to get those tires off or face that $136 dollar fine. You can get more details on the tire removal deadline here.