LD 21
Session - 126th Maine Legislature
LR 399
Item 1
Bill Tracking, Additional Documents Chamber Status

An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Governing Requisite Tire Size

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA §1917, sub-§2,  as amended by PL 2009, c. 251, §8, is further amended to read:

2. Safe tires required.   A motor vehicle may not be operated on a public way unless it is equipped with tires in safe operating condition. A tire mounted on a motor vehicle is not considered to be in safe operating condition unless it meets the visual and tread depth requirements set forth in subsections 3 and 4 , the overall diameter of the properly mounted and inflated tire is within 2 inches of the range of sizes recommended by the manufacturer for the model vehicle and the vehicle is in compliance with the frame height requirements provided in section 1920.


The Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 1920 sets standards for maximum and minimum frame end height requirements for motor vehicles and the Maine Motor Vehicle Inspection Manual requires that a vehicle fail inspection if a tire contacts any part of the body of the vehicle. In light of these existing requirements, this bill removes a provision in law that requires the overall diameter of a properly mounted and inflated tire of a motor vehicle to be within 2 inches of the range of sizes recommended by the manufacturer of the motor vehicle.

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