Studded tires would be banned starting in the year 2025 under a bill unveiled this week in the Washington State Legislature. The measure has been sent to the House Committee on Transportation.
The DOT has recommended alternatives to studded tires due to the roadway damage they cause. Opponents of the bill contend that studless tires are good for powder snow and very cold hard ice (below 8 degrees) but less effective in areas where black ice is prevalent.
House Bill 1309 would also replace the current $5 dollar fee with a $100 dollar purchase fee for new studded tires starting next year. Under the bill any seller who refuses to collect the fee or any buyers who refuse to pay it are guilty of a misdemeanor. For more information on winter driving, you can visit the WSDOT website.