The issue of studded tires has been receiving considerable attention in recent weeks as they are being blamed for the ruts in the roads in some areas of town. Although studded tires increase traction on icy surfaces, in the early 1970s various studies throughout the U.S. and internationally began to identify significant problems with studded tires; they have been shown to cause significant damage to both flexible and rigid pavements – specifically by creating ruts which can fill with ice or water, polishing some surfaces which reduces skid resistance, and removing pavement markings. St. John’s City Council will discuss writing a letter to the provincial government to request that it consider banning them.