STOCKTON - It seemed odd, on a warm day with temperatures in the 70s, but Caltrans workers in Angels Camp were determined to make sure Herb Huber knew how to install tire chains for snowy weather.
After paying his $200 permit fee, Huber was tested inside on chain installer regulations, then tested outside where he put chains on two different vehicles.
The Caltrans region in Calaveras County issues 17 permits each year to installers, and if snowy weather ever arrives with any sort of regularity, guys like Huber will be pleased.
"You can (wait) there for three hours, then the chain control goes up and you make 100 bucks in 10 minutes," Huber said. He is in his 60s and lists lifeguard as one of his other occupations.
Caltrans officials said it's important installers be properly trained because of what can go wrong if chains are incorrectly installed.