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Inspections – WSP

The WSP inspects wrecking yards, scrap processors and hulk haulers across the state.  These inspections are mandated by RCW 46.80 and RCW 46.79.  These inspections include VIN verification and ownership document verification for all vehicles and/or parts that are transported to or processed by wrecking yards and scrap processors.

The following legislative declaration outlines the reasons for this requirement: 46.80.005 – Legislative declaration – The legislature finds and declares that the distribution and sale of vehicle parts in the state of Washington vitally affects the general economy of the state and the public interest and the public welfare, and that in order to promote the public interest and the public welfare and in the exercise of its police power, it is necessary to regulate and license vehicle wreckers and dismantlers, the buyers-for-resale, and the sellers of secondhand vehicle components doing business in Washington, in order to prevent the sale of

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Vehicle & Equipment Requirements – WSP

Washington’s standards for tire chains, studded tires, and their use and approval can be found in Chapter 204-24 WAC.

What qualifies as traction devices? 

The following equipment items are approved for use as traction devices wherever traction devices are required by WSDOT:
• Tire chains (WAC 204-24-020)
• Studded tires (WAC 204-24-030)
• Traction tires –Tires labeled as all–season, all–weather, snow tire or studded (must be labeled M+S or with the mountain/snowflake symbol on the sidewall) qualify so long as they meet the standards for traction devices as set in WAC 204–24–040.

More information on approved traction devices, please visit WAC 204-24-040.

When can I use studded tires?

Studded tires are approved for use from November 1 to March 31. WSDOT determines additional periods in which they can be used.

There is nothing in the law that provides for any special permits or exceptions for driving with studded tires –

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