Time To Stop Being Such a Stud! Studded Tire Deadline is Near
Sunday is the first day of spring and that signals a change in weather and it's a reminder to change your tires. If you have studded tires on your vehicle state law says they must be removed by Thursday, March 31 so you can avoid a potential fine of $136 starting Friday, April 1.
If you wait you may find yourself waiting in line at the tire service center
State officials urge you not to wait until it gets closer to the deadline so you can avoid the rush at tire service shops. Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31.
Officials at the Washington State Department of Transportation say studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter helps preserve state roadways.
Sometimes the state extends the deadline but not this year
A press release from state officials says state law gives the "Washington State Department of Transportation the authority to extend the deadline when circumstances call for it, most commonly when a forecast indicates widespread snow and ice. While late season storms are possible in the mountain passes, state officials say there are no forecasted statewide conditions that would call for an extension of the deadline.
For mountain travel, WSDOT recommends drivers use approved traction tires and carry chains, if necessary."
Use the WSDOT tools if you're traveling this spring and summer
If you're traveling this spring “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.
State officials say "Washington and Oregon share the same studded tire removal deadline. 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."