Wyoming governor signs new chain law requirement

| 3/19/2009

Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed a bill into law that specifies how truck drivers in Wyoming must equip tires with chains. The new rule takes effect July 1.

Wyoming law now mandates that travel on highways may be restricted to all-wheel drive vehicles or motor vehicles equipped with tire chains or adequate snow tires when the superintendent or his authorized representative determine that travel is sufficiently hazardous due to snow, ice or other conditions.

State lawmakers approved a change that modifies the rule to specifically address where truck drivers must install chains on their tires. Previously HB85, the new law also increases fines for drivers who do not put chains on their vehicles when it is required.

Tire chains must be installed to at least two of the drive wheels at opposite ends of the same drive axle when the vehicle is required to be equipped with tire chains.

Violators would face up to $250 fines. If violations result in the closure of all lanes in one or both directions, fines would increase to as much as $750.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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