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Colorado editor-in-chief Eric Larsen can be reached at or 970-224-7745. Support journalism in Fort Collins and subscribe to today. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) requires drivers of commercial vehicles (GCWR/GVWR 16,001 pounds or older) traveling on I-70 between mileposts 133 (Dotsero) and 259 (Morrison) to wear adequate chains each year from Sept. 1 to May 31. How are the various restrictions to the law on channels announced? At the very least, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will notify the public of the travel restriction with variable static and electronic signage in place. In addition, CDOT may use radio channels, CDOT`s official travel website (, telephone messaging system, email, text and other automated personal notification systems. Starting in September, truckers passing through certain areas of Colorado will have chains on board to avoid fines. CDOT maintains a website with details on state chain laws for professional drivers. Tensile laws also require that the tread of tires be at least 3/16 of an inch.

There is an easy way to check if your tires pass the inspection. During severe winter storms, all passenger cars must have chains on the tires or reciprocating traction devices on two or more engine tires. These include all-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The Colorado Department of Transportation will have signs indicating that the law is in effect. It doesn`t matter if you`re already driving when the law is implemented; You should always stop and attach chains to your vehicle. Sign up for email and SMS notifications to stay informed about road conditions, road closures, and chain laws. The Commercial Vehicle Chains Act requires that all large vehicles, tracks or reciprocating traction devices (ATDs) be fitted to all (up to four) drive tyres. Although the name includes the term “commercial”, the requirement is based on the gross vehicle weight (GVWR) or gross vehicle weight (GVWR) of the vehicle, regardless of its use (residential or commercial). All motor vehicles travelling at a GVWR/GVWR of 16,001 pounds or more on I-70 in both directions between Mile 133 (Dotsero) and Mile 259 (Morrison) shall be equipped with sufficient tracks (traction devices) to ensure that the type of vehicle being driven meets the requirements of the Chain Act, if they come into force. “One of the main causes of backups and crashes on I-70 is when.

Truckers don`t have the right chains,” Rollon said. That`s right, it`s channel season on Interstate 70 again. Starting Wednesday, September 1 and through May 31, 2022, all recreational and commercial vehicles will be required to wear alternate chains or towing devices when traveling between Morrison and Dotsero in the Colorado Highlands. The Passenger Traction Act stipulates that two-wheel drive passenger cars must be equipped with all-season, mud and winter tyres with sufficient tread or must be equipped with chains or reciprocating traction devices (ATDs). Four-wheel drive/all-wheel drive vehicles shall have all driving wheels and tyres with sufficient tread depth. Truckers walking around parts of Colorado now need to make sure they have chains on board. Colorado`s chain law doesn`t just apply to large commercial vehicles. All vehicles must be prepared to have proper tires and equipment when traveling to Colorado in the winter.

The chain law and the requirements for safety tyres can be implemented at any time for all types of vehicles. These requirements have changed recently. Automobile Traction Act: All motorists must have a four-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle or (for two-wheel drive vehicles) winter tires or all-season tires with a mud/snow designation. The tread depth of all tyres, regardless of vehicle type, shall be at least 3/16″. Vehicles which do not meet these criteria must be equipped with chain devices or alternative traction devices. The law focuses on passenger cars, as commercial vehicles have their own restrictions. It is illegal to continue when a national road is closed or to continue when a restriction is in place without the necessary traction equipment. Violators will receive a bid with a $100 fine and a $32 surcharge. This is equivalent to a fine of $500 and a surcharge of $156 if an offence results in the closure of one or more lanes.

Driving in Colorado in winter often means driving on snowy roads. If you don`t have the right equipment, it can lead to a car accident. That`s why Colorado enacted the Car Chain Act and the Car Traction Act to protect those traveling on our federal highways. If you don`t comply with these traction and chain laws, not only can you be fined, but you can also negatively impact your bodily injury claim if you are injured in a car accident. And while road giants will need to carry enough equipment to comply with the state`s Commercial Vehicle Chain Act when it goes into effect, private cars aren`t immune either. Want to drive west of Red Rocks for the next nine months? Here`s what you`ll need depending on your vehicle. Passenger Vehicle Chain Act: All passenger cars with a total weight of less than 16,001 pounds must be equipped with tire tracks or reciprocating traction devices (ATDs) installed on two or more drive tires. It is illegal to continue when a national highway is closed or to continue when a restriction is in effect without installing the required chain/ATD equipment. Violators will receive a bid with a $100 fine and a $32 surcharge.

This is equivalent to a fine of $500 and a surcharge of $156 if an offence results in the closure of one or more lanes. For two-wheel drive vehicles: tires “All-weather” or “mud and snow” with the inscription “All Season”, M + S, M / S, etc. on the flank; or tyre chains for two or more tyres; or another approved towing device for two or more tyres. CHAIN LAW LEVEL 1/CODE 17: All commercial vehicles equipped with a set of driving axles shall connect the four-wheel drive; Cables are not allowed as TDA. All other commercial vehicles must be equipped with winter tires or tracks. Level 1/Code 17 can be implemented at any time when snow covers part of the uphill part of the road. There are three types of restrictions (commonly referred to as chain laws) that can take effect on Colorado roads. From September 1 to May 31, all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between the Dotsero exit (kilometer point (MP) 133) and the Morrison exit (MP 259) must carry enough chains to comply with the Colorado Chain Act. If you`re planning to cross Colorado in the next nine months, you`ll need to have chains starting Wednesday, September 1.

Colorado`s Chain Act went into effect Sept. 1.