Snow tyres abroad - what's obligatory and what's sensible

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  1. treeman

    treeman Read Only Funster

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    Planning my trip to the Alp's this winter and so far have got a pair of proper snow tyres fitted and a pair of mud + snow tyres with a set of snow chains to fit these.
    Will this combination firstly meet the local regulations for driving in the Alps and secondly meet practical needs?
     
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    In France, snow chains need to be carried on specified routes, winter tyres are not mandatory.
    In Germany, snow chains need to be carried on specified routes and m&s or winter tyres are mandatory.

    Dunno about the rest, but I reckon you have it all covered!:Smile:
     
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    Winter tyres are now compulsory in Luxembourg for all cars even if only transiting the Duchy. BUT only when snow and/or ice is present on roads. Winter tyres can be recognised by the snowflake on the sidewall, or one of the following combination of letters: M+S, M/S, M&S. Vehicles not fitted with winter tyres will be subject to a fine of 74 euros.


    Snow chains must be carried everywhere in Switzerland during winter, and if you do not carry and fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.

    Snow chains: it is compulsory to carry chains in Austria during winter, and if you do not fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey. Snow chains on summer tyres can be used as an alternative to winter tyres when the road is covered with snow deep enough that the chains do not damage the road. The problem is that because of excellent snow-clearing, these conditions are not common so winter tyres are in effect mandatory. If snow chains are used they should be removed as soon as conditions allow so as not to damage the road surface.

    Snow chains are compulsory in mountainous regions in France during winter. They must be carried and if you do not fit them when conditions demand the police can prevent you continuing your journey.
     
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    Many thanks, good to get confirmation Driven to the Alps and Pyrenees a good few times before in the car and never even checked, bit silly really but just never rally worried.

    Got a bit of snow a few years back too.....

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