hoping that, if passed, two proposed bills will recoup some of the costs to repair damage to our roads caused by studded tires.
HB 1653 would impose an annual $100-per-vehicle permit and a $500 fine. SB 5610 calls for a $75 permit and a $75 fine. Both bills steer the money back to road maintenance. A motorist who still wanted to use studded tires would purchase and place a sticker on the rear license plate. For easy detection, the background color of the permit would change each year.
An editorial in the Spokesman-Review this week says the newspaper supports an annual permit for use of studded tires. The article can be found here.