The Washington State Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers that studded tires must be removed by March 31, 2023.
Officials from the WSDOT said that drivers should start making plans now to avoid a possible $137 fine from the Washington State Patrol beginning on April 1, 2023.
From November 1 to March 31, you can use tires with spikes in Washington. There is no “out-of-state waiver” or another way to get out of the studded tire dates.
“Studded tires cause between $20 million to $29 million in damage to state-owned roads in Washington each winter and also damage city and county roads,” WSDOT Maintenance Operations Manager James Morin said.
“We urge motorists to explore all their traction options, including non-stud, winter-tread tires which are different from all–season tires. These tires are legal year-round and don’t damage our highways.”
State law allows WSDOT to extend the deadline when necessary, usually when the weather forecast calls for a lot of snow and ice.
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Even though late-season storms are possible in the mountain passes, no statewide conditions are expected to make it necessary to extend the deadline. The WSDOT recommends that drivers use approved traction tires and carry chains if they need to drive through mountains.
WSDOT posted a tweet regarding the news, which is shown below.
Washington and Oregon must take off their studded tires by the same date. Other states may have different dates for taking off studded tires, but the law in Washington applies to all drivers, including those just passing through.