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Higher Fines for Off-Season Tires and Phone Use to Be Enforced

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Higher Fines for Off-Season Tires and Phone Use to Be Enforced

traffic in Hafnarfjörður

Photo: Golli.

Police will begin issuing tickets to drivers who are still driving with studded winter tires on their vehicles starting Tuesday, May 15, RÚV reports. Per current law, studded tires must be removed starting on April 15, but there is generally a grace period in the early spring during which capital-area police do not issue winter tire tickets, given that inclement weather is not uncommon around this time of year.

Drivers who fail to remove their winter tires for the spring face fines for each studded tire on their vehicle. These fines increased considerably at the start this month, going up from last year’s ISK 5,000 [$49] per tire to ISK 20,000 [$196] / tire.

This year’s winter tire enforcement date was announced in a statement from capital-area police. The statement also reiterated that fines for using a cellphone while driving has also gone up. Now, drivers who do not use a hands-free device to talk on their phones will be fined ISK 40,000 [$387], up from ISK 5,000 [$48].

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