Oregon Statutes - Chapter 815 - Vehicle Equipment Generally - Section 815.145 - Exemptions from traction tire or chains requirement.

This section establishes exemptions from ORS 815.140. The following are completely or partially exempt as described:

(1) Police vehicles under any conditions.

(2) Fire vehicles when responding to a fire.

(3) An ambulance when responding to an emergency.

(4) A passenger vehicle or truck is not required to use chains if the vehicle or truck:

(a) Has an unloaded weight of 6,500 pounds or less;

(b) Is equipped and operated to provide power to both front and rear wheels;

(c) Is carrying chains as defined in ORS 815.045;

(d) Is equipped with tires, on all wheels, that are vehicle traction tires as defined in ORS 815.045;

(e) Is not towing another vehicle other than as may be necessary to remove disabled vehicles from the roadway; and

(f) Is not being operated in a manner or under conditions where the vehicle loses traction while stopping, cornering or moving.

(5) Vehicles exempt by rule under ORS 815.045. [1983 c.338 §475; 1997 c.493 §3]

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