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AE4F0818A83D33AD872583B40066EF70 Hearing Summary


Date Mar 5, 2019      
Location HCR 0112

HB19-1207 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

11:44:25 AM  

Representative Roberts introduced House Bill 19-1207 concerning a requirement that motor vehicles meet traction-control standards for winter conditions.  The bill sets a minimum standard for tires and requires traction equipment in a vehicle traveling I-70 between Dotsero and Morrison between September 1 and May 31.  Current traction control equipment must be used during icy or snow-packed conditions.

11:45:43 AM  

The committee questioned the sponsor about the addition of other highways requiring traction control devices.

11:47:08 AM  

Andy Karsian, representing the Colorado Department of Transportation, testified in support of the bill.

11:48:41 AM  

Mr. Karsian shared statistics about spin outs and crashes during snow storms. He displayed a map showing the location of spin outs and accidents on I-70 (Dotsero to Morrison) during icy and snow-packed conditions.

11:49:30 AM  

Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout (Attachment A).

11:50:45 AM  

Chuck McGee, representing the McGee Company, testified in support of the bill.

11:53:52 AM  

Mr. McGee showed a sample of an auto traction control device.

11:55:50 AM  

Mr. McGee provided a handout (Attachment B).

11:57:17 AM  

The committee questioned the witnesses about traction control and other Colorado highways. There were also questions about the carrying of traction control equipment in vehicles and traffic infractions. Tourists were discussed, as well as residents driving when snow is not in the forecast.

12:08:41 PM  

The committee questioned the bill sponsor about warnings for motorists on a sunny day, rather than a ticket.

12:10:16 PM  

The committee questioned the witnesses about notices to drivers to carry traction control devices.

12:13:16 PM  

The committee continued to question the witnesses about tire tread depth measurements.

12:21:43 PM  

Representative Roberts made closing remarks about the bill.

12:22:02 PM  
The committee made closing remarks about the bill.

12:25:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1207 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Galindo
Seconded Valdez D.
Carver No
Catlin Yes
Froelich Yes
Galindo Yes
Hooton Yes
Humphrey No
Lewis Yes
Valdez A. Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Exum Yes
Gray Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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