Proposed Washington State Bill 1309: $100 Fee Per New Studded Tire, a Ban in 2025
The law, would replace the current $5 per studded tire fee and phase out studded tires, it would raise an estimated $3.5 million over the next two years. The estimated damage to state roads, according to a State Department of Transportation study, is $20 million or more a year.
A spokeswoman for Les Schwab Tires said the state is halfway through a two-year program to educate consumers on options other than metal studs for winter driving. Jennifer Ziegler said lawmakers should allow the $150,000 program to finish "before you make any major policy decisions about studded tires." A currently available option to pavement damaging studded tires are Garnetread™ Formula Infused Traction Tires, which are available today and are superior to studded tires as shown in independent tests conducted by Washington State University and approved for use by the State of Washington.
The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, talked about the damage caused by metal studs she said "they are chewing up our roads."The bill would allow drivers who prefer studded tires to other options to use them until July 2025. "But the state should raise the fee for new studded tires", Ryu said, and collect a total of $400 for four new tires."That is just a tiny little drop in the bucket toward the damage they are causing," she said. But $400 is "real money for people on a fixed income," said Mark Johnson of the Washington Retailers Association.
Paul Parker of the state Transportation Department said Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois have already banned studded tires, as recommended by the Federal Highway Administration. The House Transportation Committee will decide if it will vote to send the proposal to the full House.
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Garnetread™ formula infused tires have been independently tested by Washington State University in wet, dry, snow and icy conditions. Test results clearly show the superior traction of Garnetread's garnet infused tires, with results confirming that a vehicle equipped with Garnetread™ tires resulted in shorter stopping distances on snow and ice glazed pavement than when the same vehicle was tested with studded tires, and without the pavement wear caused by studded tires. A key feature of Garnetread infused tires is constant traction in all weather conditions, even with normal tire wear as new pieces of garnet are constantly exposed maintaining traction. Garnetread's patented all-season traction tire formula that can be adapted to any rubber based tire design and can be used by all tire manufacturers.
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Garnetread™ infused tires have been approved for use by State Highway Administrators in all 50 States. The State of Washington, following extensive testing, has approved and recommended the use of Garnetread's infused tires for travel on snow and ice covered roads. State Transportation officials stipulated no seasonal time restrictions for the use of Garnetread™ infused tires since tests showed minimal wear to pavement surfaces.
Over 100,000 tires have been sold incorporating Garnetread's patented traction formula. Drivers of vehicles equipped with Garnetread™ infused tires extoll not only the superior traction and control in winter conditions but also relate how impressed they are with tire performance on dry and rain-slick pavement... the perfect, budget and environmentally friendly, all season tire.
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