Sec. 25-331. Depth of treads on tires.
(a) No person shall operate a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer registered in Virginia on any street or highway in this city, if such motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer is equipped with one or more tires which either:
(1) When measured in any two (2) adjacent tread grooves where the tread is thinnest, at three (3) equally spaced intervals around the circumference of the tire and exclusive of "tiebars" by a tread depth gauge calibrated in thirty-seconds of an inch, is found to have tread depth of less than two thirty-seconds of an inch at such locations; or
(2) When equipped with tread wear indicators, is found to have such indicators in contact with pavement at any two (2) adjacent grooves at three (3) equally spaced intervals.
(b) No motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer shall be issued an inspection approval sticker if equipped with any tire the use of which is prohibited under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section.
(c) This section shall not apply to tires mounted on dual wheels installed on motor vehicles having seats for more than seven (7) passengers:
(1) Operated wholly within a municipality or
(2) Operated by urban and suburban bus lines, which are defined as bus lines operating over regularly scheduled routes the majority of whose passengers use the buses for traveling a distance of not exceeding forty (40) miles, measured one way, on the same day between their place of abode and their place of work, shopping areas or schools. (Code 1959, § 20-186.1)
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