Advice on the suitability of winter tyres as substitutes for
snow chains will be sought from the New Zealand Transport
Agency by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Infrastructure committee members heard recently requests had
been received to allow the use of winter tyres on the
The council's traffic and parking bylaw enables police to
direct a motorist to fit chains.
The bylaw gives police discretion on the circumstances in
which they can direct chains to be fitted, but ''this can be
problematic, given the level of knowledge required to be able
to judge the capability of different winter tyres in
different conditions'', the tabled report said.
Queenstown police have decided that if ''chains to be
fitted'' signs are in place, officers will direct and enforce
the fitting of chains.
Infrastructure and assets staff are concerned a blanket
exemption from chains requirements for any vehicle using
winter tyres would be ''inappropriate'', given the different
capabilities of winter tyres on the market.
However, transport policy and stakeholder manager Denis
Mander said Queenstown police would agree with the council on
special dispensation for users of snow tyres which are tested
at the Snow Farm.
The dispensation would not need a change in the bylaw, Mr