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Old 11-26-2002, 01:31 AM   #1
Ryan24
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Question Visiting from Washington...are snow tires legal?

Hi all you Bay Area Members
I have a question regarding the legality of driving with studded snow tires on the road around San Fransisco
I'm driving down from Washington state for Thanksgiving and I was debating on putting on the Hakka's just in case the pass has some snow.
Does anyone know if it is legal to drive on studded tires around the Bay Area?
Thanks and see ya around....maybe
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Old 11-26-2002, 01:45 AM   #2
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California Law is pretty vague about it:

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27454. No tire on any vehicle upon any highway shall have on its periphery any block, stud, flange, cleat, ridge, bead, or any other protuberance of metal or wood which projects beyond the tread of the traction surface of the tire.

This section does not apply to the following:


(a) Tire traction devices of reasonable size used to prevent skidding when upon wet surfaces or when upon snow or ice.
(b) Pneumatic tires which have embedded therein wire not to exceed 0.075 of an inch in diameter and which are so constructed that under no conditions will the percentage of metal in contact with the roadway exceed 5 percent of the total tire area in contact with the roadway, except that during the first 1,000 miles of use or operation of any such tire, the metal in contact with the roadway may exceed 5 percent of the tire area in contact with the roadway, but shall in no event exceed 20 percent of such area.
(c) Vehicles operated upon unimproved roadways when necessary in the construction or repair of highways.
(d) Traction engines or tractors when operated under the conditions of a permit first obtained from the Department of Transportation.
(e) Pneumatic tires containing metal-type studs of tungsten carbide or other suitable material and which are so inserted or constructed that under no conditions will the number of studs or the percentage of metal in contact with the roadway exceed 3 percent of the total tire area in contact with the roadway, between the first day of November and April 30. The commissioner, after consultation with the Department of Transportation, may extend the period during which studded pneumatic tires may be used in any area of the state for the protection of the public because of adverse weather conditions.
(f) Pneumatic tires used on an authorized emergency vehicle, as defined in Section 165, containing metal-type studs of tungsten carbide or other suitable material, if the studs are so inserted or constructed that under no conditions will the number of studs or the percentage of metal in contact with the roadway exceed 3 percent of the total tire area in contact with the roadway. Notwithstanding subdivision (e), authorized emergency vehicles are permitted the unrestricted use of studded pneumatic tires throughout the year.
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Old 11-26-2002, 02:46 AM   #3
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From what I know, studs are not legal, but winter tires are.
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Old 11-26-2002, 09:54 PM   #4
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DOT and Cal. state traffic laws state that no winter type tires or traction devices are allowed on public roads unless condtions allow otherwise.
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