Studded tyre fines start this week

19.05.2020 - 12:02
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson - RÚV
Capital region police are starting to fine drivers with studded winter tyres on their cars, starting tomorrow, Wednesday. Drivers are reminded to switch to summer tyres to avoid possible fines.

Fines for using studs during the summer were increased significantly in 2018 from 5,000 krónur per wheel up to 20,000 krónur. A driver on studded tyres now could therefore have to pay police an 80,000 krónur fine from tomorrow.

Studded tyres are prohibited between 15th April and 31st October each year, except if ice and snow make them necessary.

While they provide safer driving on ice and snow, studded tyres damage bare asphalt significantly in the spring, summer, and autumn. That damaged asphalt becomes a fine dust that can exacerbate respiratory problems.

While studded tyres have been illegal since 15th April, police never start fining drivers straight away. Now, their grace period is over, however.

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