With all the snow that has come down in Calgary this winter, city council is going to debate whether or not it would be a good idea to make snow tires mandatory in the city. Some council members believe that the idea is a good one while others think that looking at solutions to reduce the amount of ice and snow on the city streets would be better.
Thousands of Calgary residents were upset with the snow conditions of the roads this winter. In December, record-breaking snowfalls came down and the city just wasn't prepared to remove all of the snow on the streets. The city couldn't keep up with the snow - as fast as it was removed the white flakes would fall from the sky once again.
It is mandatory in the province of Québec to have winter tires installed. Since this law was put into effect in Québec, there has been a 5% decrease in the number of injuries and road accidents according to studies. In Calgary, many counselors believe that the money put into enforcing this law would be better spent on revising snow removal methods.
Should the city have the power to enforce the installation of winter tires? Are winter tires that have been worn to the point where there is barely any tread left any better than a brand-new set of all-season tires? How much of an effect would winter tires have if the roads are still left impassable by massive snow dumps?
These are all valid questions that need answers and city council will be taking a look at this debate soon. The topic was also raised back in 2010 and it was rejected at that point. It will be interesting to see what happens this time around and whether snow tires will indeed become mandatory in the city.