Valdez Republican wants winter tires to be mandatory

Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2010

JUNEAU - Winter tires should be a mandatory vehicle safety feature in Alaska. So says state Rep. John Harris.

The Valdez Republican is sponsoring a bill to require that winter drivers use studded tires or tires with the rubber industry's mountain and snowflake logo that indicates they meet severe weather standards.

The head of Alaska's biggest tire seller testified Tuesday that tires are priced comparably to regular tires, in the $400 to $600 range for a set. However, the softer materials they're made of wear down faster than normal tires in regular driving conditions.

Harris introduced the bill as a way to gauge interest in the issue. The committee held the bill, pending additional information.

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