The province has rolled out a loan program to make winter tires more affordable to Manitoba drivers.
Administered by Manitoba Public Insurance, the program will provide low-interest loans up to $2,000 per vehicle for up to 48 months. The initiative was originally announced in this year’s provincial budget.
“We want Manitobans to be as safe as possible on the roads,” said Andrew Swan, Minister responsible for MPI. “This financing program provides another option to buy winter tires for people who otherwise may not make this road safety purchase.”
hile Swan stressed the enhanced safety of snow tires, the province has previously said it will not follow Quebec’s lead in making them mandatory equipment.
According to CAA Manitoba, the deeper treads and softer rubber used in winter tires can reduce stopping distances by up to 40 per cent compared to all-season models.
To be eligible for a loan, applicants must be MPI customers, purchase qualifying winter tires for a registered vehicle, and not be subject to financing restrictions.
An online tool available at http://www.mpi.mb.ca will allow customers to confirm financing and vehicle eligibility, evaluate financing options and search for participating tire retailers enrolled in the Winter Tire Program.