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DOT Allowing Private Businesses to Chain Up Drivers on Certain Passes for Set Fee

HYAK, Wa -  Chaining up your vehicle is never fun on the passes.  Now you don't have to do it. The DOT is allowing private businesses to charge a set fee to do it for you.

"A lot of folks don't know how to put the chains on," says Dusty Hogue, Owner of A-1 Installers in Yakima.

He says it's not just people driving passenger vehicles, but truckers too.

The DOT will give his company a two hour heads up before issuing chain restrictions.  That's when his 12-man crew will make their way up to the pass to help drivers put chains on, or take them off.

"We're expediting things, by keeping people in their vehicles.  And it's a litter safer for them," Hogue points out.

This program has worked with great success in other western states like California.  The d-o-t says drivers will still be required to carry chains in their vehicles.  You won't be able to buy or rent chains if you need them once you are on the pass. 

A-1 Installers and other companies like it will also charge a set fee.  $25 dollars to put chains on a passenger vehicle and $25 dollars per tire for large trucks.  It will cost $10 per passenger vehicle to take the chains off and $5 per tire to take chains off large trucks.

It's a lot of hard work for Hogue to earn some money, but he says, "200 cars a day would be a great start."

The DOT says this program will also be used for Stevens Pass.

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