Winter is Coming! Oregon Chain Law Reminder

SNOW ZONE: Chains required on vehicles towing 10k+ GVW. $880 fine minimum for failure to use chains when required

Winter driving in Oregon can be hazardous — and truckers play a big role in how safely we get through the season of snow and ice.

Be prepared to chain up properly and avoid a hefty penalty!

Things to remember:

  • You must chain up whenever posted signs advise they are required.
  • Weather is unpredictable and may change rapidly. Ensure you are always ready for “unexpected” poor conditions.
  • All vehicles over 10,000 lbs. GVW must carry chains whenever their use may be needed or required. Failure to carry appropriate chains may result in a fine.
  • The time it takes to chain up is small compared to the delay, risk, and liability of an accident.

For all information on chain requirements, please visit the Oregon Chain Law page at


The information provided here is a reminder from the Oregon Department of Transportation.