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									R920. Transportation, Operations, Traffic and Safety.
R920-6. Snow Tire and Chain Requirements.
R920-6-1. Purpose.
     The purpose of this rule is to allow a Region Director of the
Utah Department of Transportation to designate travel restrictions
on certain state highways located in the State of Utah, that may not
be safely traversed by the public or which would tend to create a
hazard or hamper road maintenance activities, unless the vehicle
traversing said highway is adequately equipped with certain safety
devices.
R920-6-2. Authority.
     The authority for this rule is in Sections 72-1-201 and 72-3-102;
Title 72, Chapter 4, Part 1, Transportation Code, and Sections
41-6a-302 and 41-6a-1636.
R920-6-3. Provisions.
     (1) Locations shall be designated by the Department of
Transportation's Region Director after coordinating with the local
Utah Highway Patrol office. The designations by the Region Director
shall be established through a Traffic Engineering Order (TEO) from
the Division of Traffic and Safety to the Region Director's office
wherein the designated highway is located.
     (2) The Utah Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic
and Safety shall maintain and annually publish a listing of those
highways so designated for distribution to:
     (a) Utah Department of Transportation Region Offices;
     (b) Utah Highway Patrol;
     (c) county offices; and
     (d) local law enforcement officials.
     (3) When any designated highway is so restricted no vehicle
shall be allowed or permitted the use of the highway, during the period
between October 1 and April 30, or when conditions warrant due to
adverse, or hazardous weather or roadway conditions, as determined
by the Utah Department of Transportation, unless:
     (a) said vehicle is equipped with either:
     (i) steel link chains or have chains in possession;
     (ii) mounted snow tires; (tires with an M/S designation with
or without studs);
     (iii) elastomeric tire chains, designed for use with radial
tires; or
     (iv) four-wheel drive vehicles with a minimum of two mounted
snow tires.
     (4) Radial tires without snow tread do not meet the requirements.
     (5) An operator of a commercial vehicle with four or more drive
wheels, other than a bus, shall affix tire chains to at least four
of the drive wheel tires.
     (6) An operator of a bus or recreational vehicle shall affix
tire chains to at least two of the drive wheel tires.
R920-6-4. Responsibilities.
     (1) Authorized personnel on location to enforce this rule, may
permit vehicles not equipped with the traction aids defined in the
preceding paragraph to travel a designated state highway if, in the
opinion of said personnel, the vehicle may do so without endangering
the public safety or creating a hazard to or interference with, highway
maintenance operations.
      (2) The Utah Department of Transportation requests the Utah
Highway Patrol, or designated local law enforcement agency, to enforce
this rule. The Utah Highway Patrol may request to enforce this rule
by contacting the Region Director, or designated Department of
Transportation representative where designated highway is located.
      (3) The Utah Department of Transportation will notify the county
officials of counties in which highways are so restricted, as outlined
above.
      (4) All authority shall rest with the Executive Director or his
designee to control use of highways where avalanche danger and other
threats to the public safety are concerned.
      (5) The Region Director or designee shall work with the Utah
Highway Patrol in establishing working criteria for the adequate
enforcement of the above provisions.
KEY: tires, snow
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: November 21, 2011
Notice of Continuation: August 1, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law:       41-6a-1636;
72-1-201; 72-3-102; 41-6a-302

								
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