No more studded tires on Washington roads?

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A member of the Washington State Transportation Commission from Spokane says opposition to studded tires is gaining traction.

Joe Tortorelli says he supports a call to phase out studs to save millions on highway and street maintenance.

Tortorelli told The Spokesman-Review ending the use of studded tires is part of the commission's 20-year plan.

Also, bills in the Washington Legislature propose that drivers who use studded tires pay a permit that could cost $100 a year. The money would help pay for roadway ruts caused by studs.

Studded tires are legal in Washington from Nov. 1 to March 31.

Officials say newer types of snow tires provide superior traction and safety without studs.