ORS 815.175¹
Exemptions from pneumatic tire requirement

This section establishes exemptions from ORS 815.170 (Operation without pneumatic tires). The exemptions under this section are in addition to any exemptions under ORS 801.026 (General exemptions). Exemptions are partial or complete as described in the following:

(1) Vehicles are not subject on any way, thoroughfare or place owned by a district formed under ORS chapters 545, 547, 551 or a corporation formed under ORS chapter 554.

(2) Vehicles are not subject on any road, thoroughfare or property in private ownership or any road or thoroughfare, other than a state highway or county road, used pursuant to any agreement with any agency of the United States or with a licensee of such agency or both.

(3) Operation authorized under the terms of a variance permit issued under ORS 818.200 (Authority to issue variance permits) is subject to the terms of the permit. It shall be a defense to any charge of violation of ORS 815.170 (Operation without pneumatic tires) if the person so charged produces a variance permit issued under ORS 818.200 (Authority to issue variance permits) authorizing the operation of the vehicle or combination of vehicles issued prior to and valid at the time of the offense.

(4) ORS 815.170 (Operation without pneumatic tires) does not apply to any implement of husbandry that is equipped with any tires made of elastic material other than pneumatic tires or with tires made with any nonelastic material that are not prohibited under ORS 815.160 (Unlawful use of metal objects on tires) and that has a loaded weight of not more than 7,000 pounds and a loaded weight as measured at any axle of not more than 3,500 pounds.

(5) Vehicles of special interest that are registered under ORS 805.020 (Special interest vehicles) are deemed in compliance if:

(a) The vehicles are equipped with original manufacturer’s equipment and accessories, or their equivalent, and are maintained in safe operating condition; or

(b) The vehicles are street rods that conform to ORS 815.107 (Exemption from equipment requirements for street rods).

(6) ORS 815.170 (Operation without pneumatic tires) does not apply to road machinery, road rollers or farm tractors.

(7) ORS 815.170 (Operation without pneumatic tires) does not apply to antique vehicles if the vehicles are maintained as collectors’ items and used for exhibitions, parades, club activities and similar uses, but not used primarily for the transportation of persons or property. [1983 c.338 §481; 1985 c.16 §250; 1997 c.402 §10]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 815—Vehicle Equipment Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors815.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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