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Winter Regulations

Winter 2016/2017

Country Tyre regulationsSnow chain regulationsFurther information

 

Albania

 

No general winter tyre regulations.

 

Snow chains for drive axle must be carried in the vehicle. Use according to traffic signs and road conditions.

 

Studded tyres prohibited.

Austria

Winter tyres compulsory from Novem- ber 1 to April 15. Risk of driving ban and heavy fines if you do not comply (35 up to 5,000€). Trucks  > 3.5t GVW must be equipped with M+S tyres on at least one drive axle with a min. tread depth of 6mm (bias) and 5mm (radial). Winter tyres are compulsory for buses (categories M2, M3) from November 1 to March 15.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicle for at least two drive axle tyres from November 1

to April 15. Exceptions for public service buses apply.

Use on roads covered with snow and ice.

Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles  > 3.5t GVW.

Belgium

No general winter tyre regulations. Symmetric fitting compulsory for M+S and winter tyres.

Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and/or ice.

Studded tyres prohibited.

Bosnia-

Herzegovina

From November 15 to April 15 there are two options that are mandatory for vehicles with more than 8 seats and for vehicles with > 3.5t GVW:

Option 1: Tyres with winter profile on the drive axle with min. 4mm tread depth. 

Option 2: Tyres with standard profile with min. 4mm tread depth, in case of winter conditions (e.g. snow fall, freezing rain) snow chains need to be mounted on the drive axle.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicle from November 15 to April 15.

Snow shovel and bag of sand from 25 to 50kg must be carried in vehicle. Studded tyres prohibited.

Belarus

No general winter tyre regulations.

Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.

Studded tyres allowed.

Bulgaria

No general winter tyre regulations.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicle from November 1 to March 31. Usage is compulsory on mountain passes when indicated by traffic signs.

Studded tyres prohibited. Without adequate winter equipment the entry into the country may be refused or a driving ban may be issued.

Croatia

Winter tyres compulsory from November 15 to April 15. M+S tyres are compulsory on the drive axle of vehicles > 3.5t GVW.

Snow chains required for drive axle in certain conditions (if the vehicle is equipped with SU tyres). Snow chains compulsory in some regions (Lika/Gorski Kotar).

Studded tyres prohibited. Commercially used vehicles must carry a snow shovel.

Czech

Republic

Winter tyres compulsory from November 1 to March 31 depending on road conditions in winter, or in case of sign „winter kit”. M+S tyres are compulsory on the drive axle of vehicles  > 3.5t GVW with min. 6mm tread depth.

Differing traffic signs possible. Snow chains are compulsory if indicated by traffic signs on at least 2 drive wheels of vehicles with 3 and more axles.

Studded tyres prohibited.

DenmarkNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains allowed from November 1 to April 15.Studded tyres allowed from November 1 to April 15. Studded tyres should be mounted on all tyres during this period.
EstoniaWinter tyres compulsory (radial tyres with min. 3mm tread depth) from December 1 to March 1 (also from October to April depending on weather conditions).Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles  > 3.5t GVW.
FinlandFrom December 1, to February 28/29, vehicles >3,5 GVW must be equipped with winter tyres (M+S) on the drive axle with a minimum tread depth of 5mm. Tyres on the other axles - including trailer axles - must have a minimum tread depth of 3mm.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres allowed from November 1 to first Monday after Easter. Depending on the weather conditions this period may be extended. Max. speed 80km/h for vehicles > 3.5t GVW. Allowed are: Average saliency max. 1.5mm and max. 50 studs per meter circumference in tyres produced after July 1, 2013.
FranceNo general winter tyre regulations. Exceptions are indicated by traffic signs.Use of snow chains when indicated by traffic signs.Vehicles  < 3.5t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from first Saturday before November 11 to last Sunday of March, max. speed 90km/h. Vehicle with studded tyres have to be labeled with a sticker. Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles  > 3.5t GVW.
GermanySituational winter equipment requirement: Vehicles  < 3.5t GVW must be equipped with winter/M+S tyres on all wheels. Vehicles  > 3.5t GVW must be equipped with winter/M+S tyres on the drive axles. Time period not specified.Use of snow chains when indicated by traffic signs. Studded tyres prohibited. Exception: Route via „Kleines Deutsches Eck“.60€ fine for unsuitable tyres, 80€ fine for causing obstruction of traf- fic due to unsuitable tyres, 100€ fin for causing hazardous situation due to unsuitable tyres, 120€ fine for causing an accident due to unsuitable tyres. Plus 1 point each. (Flensburg Point System)
Great BritainNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres allowed as long as the street surface doesn‘t get damaged. Otherwise a regress is possible.
HungaryNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. The application and entrainment of snow chains may be compulsory due to special weather conditions (max speed 50km/h). In wintry conditions the entry may be rejected for foreign vehicles if no snow chains are carried on board.Studded tyres prohibited.
IrelandNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains only allowed when roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres are allowed, max. speed 96/112 km/h (national road/motorway).
ItalyNo general winter tyre regulations. Exceptions are indicated by traffic signs.An anti-skid device (e.g. snow chains) must be carried in vehicle.Winter regulation prot. RU/1580 applies only to the following vehicle categories: M1, N1 and O1.
KosovoNo general winter tiye regulations.Snow chains for drive axle must be carried in the vehicle. Use according to traffic signs and conditions.Studded tyres prohibited. Buses and trucks must carry a snow shovel.
LatviaWinter tyres (M+S) compulsory for vehicles < 3.5t GVW from December 1 to March 1. Min. 3mm tread depth.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres allowed between October 1 and April 30 for vehicles > 3.5t GVW.
LiechtensteinNo general winter tyre regulations. However, there are liability issues if non-adequate tyres are used. Vehicle equipment must match weather conditions.Snow chains allowed. Not necessary in val- leys. In the mountains, traffic signs indicate if snow chains are compulsory.Vehicles > 7.5t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from November 1 to April 30, max. speed 80km/h. All tyres should be equipped with studded tyres. Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labeled with a sticker.
LithuaniaWinter tyres compulsory for vehicles < 3.5t GVW from November 1 and April 1.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres allowed between November 1 and April 1.
LuxembourgAll drive-axles on trucks and buses need to be equipped with winter tyres (M+S suffices) during winter conditions (snow, ice, glazed frost).Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres prohibited.
MacedoniaNo general winter tire regulations.Snow chains must be carried in vehicle from October 15 to March 15 if vehicle has only standard tyres fitted.Coaches and heavy trucks must carry snow shovels. Studded tyres prohibited.
MontenegroTyres marked with M+S symbol or winter tyres compulsory from November to April on specific roads, specified by Ministery of Police.
Min. 4mm tread depth.
Snow chains for drive axle must be carried in the vehicle. Use according to traffic signs and conditions.Studded tyres prohibited. Buses and trucks must carry a snow shovel.
NetherlandsNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains not allowed on public roads.Studded tyres prohibited.
Norway

From November 15, to March 31,  vehicles >3,5 GVW must be equipped with winter tyres (M+S) on all axle  positions with a minimum tread  depth of 5mm.

Please find a list with approved winter tyres on www.stro.no.


Vehicles > 3.5t GVW are mandatory to carry snow chains in the period when it is legal to use studs.

A truck with trailer must bring 7 chains.

 Studded tyres (protrusion average
1.7mm) allowed from November
1 to the first Sunday after Easter.
In 'Nordland, Troms and Finnmark‘
from October 16 to April 30.
Trucks and trailers: studded tyres on
the same axle. If twinmounted one
tyre is sufficient.
In Trondheim and Oslo a fee is
charged for the usage of studded
tyres: daily tickets may be acquired at
vending machines along the arterial
roads or by telephone or SMS (send
from a Norwegian, Swedish or
Danish telephone number). Monthly
and annual tickets for Trondheim
may be acquired at Trondheim City
Parking Office in Erling, Skakkes Gate
40, 7012 Trondheim. Daily
tickets cost about 3.90 Euro,
monthly tickets about 52 Euro und
annual tickets about 155 Euro (Costs
double for vehicles > 3.5t GVW).
A violation is fined with 97 Euro.
PolandNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Adequate traffic signs on roads where snow chains are compulsory.Studded tyres prohibited.
PortugalNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains temporarily compulsory when indicated by traffic signs (only happens in highest areas).Studded tyres prohibited.
RomaniaIn case of wintry road conditions M+S or winter tyres are compulsory for the drive axle of all vehicles  > 3.5t GVW and vehicles transporting people (with more than 9 seats).Vehicles  > 3.5t GVW have to be equipped with snow chains which need to be mounted when indicated by respective traffic signs.Shovel and sand required for vehicles  > 3.5t GVW. Studded tyres prohibited.
RussiaNew Technical Regulation expected. In months December, January, February passenger, light truck, trucks and buses must be equipped on all axles with tyres marked M+S or with the 3PMSF-Symbol (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake-Symbol). Minimum tread depth 4mm.Snow chains are recommended but not compulsory.Use of studded tyres is forbidden in the summer months (June, July, August).
SerbiaTyres marked with M+S symbol or winter tyres compulsory from November to April. Min 4 mm tread depth. Use according to traffic signs and conditions.Snow chains for drive axle must be carried in the vehicle. Use according to traffic signs and conditions.Studded tyres prohibited. Buses and trucks must carry a snow shovel.
SlovakiaWinter/M+S tyres compulsory for trucks > 3.5t GVW from November 15 and March 31 on drive axle (min. 3mm tread depth).Snow chains must be carried in vehicle.
Use according to traffic signs and conditions.
Studded tyres prohibited.
Slovenia

From November 15 to April 15 there are two options that are mandatory on vehicles > 3.5 t GVW:

option 1: winter tires at least on the drive axle (min. 3 mm tread depth)

option 2: standard tires, but chains must be carried in the vehicle to be mounted on drive axle in case of winter conditions.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicles  > 3.5t

GVW if no winter tyres are fitted.
Studded tyres prohibited.
SpainNo general winter tyre regulations. Winter/M+S tyres compulsory when indicated by traffic signs or the authorities.Snow chains allowed when indicated by traffic signs or the authorities. Snow chains only permitted on roads covered with snow and ice.Usage of studded tyres with up to 2mm studs are allowed on snow-covered roads.
Sweden

From December 1, to March 31, vehic- les >3,5 GVW must be equipped with winter tyres (M+S) on the drive axle with a minimum tread depth of 5mm. For tyres on the steer and trailer axles the M+S marking is not mandatory. The minimum tread depth is 5mm for steer tyres and 1.6mm for trailer tyres.

For a list of approved winter tyres for the drive axle please visit www.stro.se.

Snow chains recommended to be carried in the vehicle.Studded tyres are allowed from October 1 to April 15. Depending on the weather conditions this peri- od may be extended. Maximum of 50 studs per meter circumference in tyres produced after July 1, 2013. Please consider exceptions concerning specific roads.
SwitzerlandNo general winter tyre regulations, regional regulations are possible in wintery road conditions (e.g. alpine pass-roads). Min tread depth for winter tyres 1.6mm. In case of an accident with standard tyres in wintry condi- tions, be aware of liability issues.If authorities announce snow chain obligation, only snow chains are permitted (four-wheel drive vehicles may be excluded). Use of snow chains in case of respective road signs and conditions.Studded tyres are permitted for vehicles < 3.5t GVW between November 1 and April 30 or on snowcovered roads. Max. speed 80km/h. Studded tyres have to be labled with a sticker 80km/h.
Turkey

From December 1 to April 1 it is compulsory for commercial vehicles to use winter tyres for intercity usages. In cities, local authorities will define the time period for each city individually.
All types of trucks, tractors and buses have to be equipped with tyres marked with the M+S, the M+S and 3PMSF symbol or with the 3PMSF symbol on the drive axles. All types of vans, light trucks, pickups and passenger cars that are used for commercial purpo- ses (Taxi, etc.) have to be equipped with tyres marked with the M+S, the M+S and 3PMSF symbol or with the 3PMSF symbol on all axles.

When using retreaded tyres, the tread pattern has to be a winter tyre pattern. Min. tread depth of commercial vehicle tyres is 4mm.

Snow chains recommended to be carried in the vehicle and to be used on roads covered with snow and ice.Tow rope and chock should be carried in the vehicle. Studded tyres also can be used as a winter tyre.
UkraineNo general winter tyre regulations.Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.Studded tyres are allowed.


We are currently not aware of general winter tyre rules / snow chain regulations for trucks in the following countries: Cyprus, Greece and Malta. Please consult the traffic regulations in the respective countries for special snow chain and studded tyre rules.

 

Despite careful research, we cannot guarantee that the information is correct and complete.

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