PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — State lawmakers will take up bills that could affect the use of studded tires by Oregon drivers.
The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/YNyuU6) reports a House committee will look at three measures that could set fees or required a permit for using studded tires.
Revenue from fees could offset damage caused by studded tires, estimated to as much as $40 million annually.
Portland Democrat Mitch Greenlick is the sponsor of two bills.
One would set a fee of $10 per tire. The other would require owners to obtain a permit. The permit cost would be determined by dividing estimated road damage by the number of vehicles with studded tires.
A bill by Clatskanie Democrat Brad Witt would set an unspecified fee for studded tires.
The House Transportation Committee will hear the measures Wednesday.
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com