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Regulations for the use of winter tyres, snow chains and studded tyres in Europe

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To date, only a few European countries are concerned by the requirement to use winter tyres in wintry conditions. However, a growing number of countries say that this requirement depends on weather conditions or traffic signs. Drivers should find out what current regulations stipulate with regards winter tyres, before travelling abroad.

snow chains road sign Before driving in Europe, it is good know what equipment is authorised in the country you would like to visit - Copyright © : iStockphoto.com/rezulteo.com

 

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  Index of Winter regulations by country

Albania
Austria
Belgium
Belarus
Bosnia-Herzegovinia
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece

Great-Britain
Hungary
Irland
Iceland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Macedonia
Moldavia
Montenegro
Norway
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country

Winter tyres

Snow chains

Studded tyres

Albania

No legal requirement

Authorised

Authorised

Austria

Obligatory in winter conditions from 01/11 to 15/04, the tread depth must be at least 4mm

Authorised, obligatory if indicated by signage

Authorised from 01/10 to 31/05. Maximum speed 50mph (60mph on motorways). Sticker mandatory.

Belgium

No requirement. Winter tyres with a speed rating lower than 120 km/h (75mph) are prohibited from 01/04 to 31/10

Authorised

Authorised from 01/11 to 31/03. Maximum speed 35mph (55mph on dual carriageways and motorways). Sticker is mandatory.

Belarus

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in wintry conditions

Authorised

Authorised

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mandatory from 15/11 (15/10 in the North) until the 1st Sunday after Easter

Authorised

Prohibited

Bulgaria

Mandatory from November to March

Authorised

Prohibited

Croatia

No legal requirement

Authorised

Prohibited

Czech Republic

Obligatory in winter conditions or if signposted from 01/11 to 31/03

Authorised, required if signposted

Prohibited

Denmark

No legal requirement

Authorised

Authorised from 01/11 to 15/04

Estonia

Mandatory from 01/12 to 01/03

Authorised

Authorised from 01/10 to 01/05

Finland

Mandatory from 01/12 to 28/02

Authorised

Authorised from 01/11 until the first Monday after Easter

France

No legal requirement, unless indicated by traffic signs

Authorised, mandatory if indicated by traffic signs

Authorised from 11/11 until the last Sunday in March. Maximum speed 55 mph. Sticker is mandatory.

Germany

Mandatory in winter conditions

Authorised, mandatory if indicated by traffic signs

Prohibited, except for some municipalities near the Austrian border

Greece

No legal requirement

Authorised

Authorised

Great-Britain

No legal requirements

Authorised

Authorised

Hungary

No requirement except for taxis circulating in Budapest from 15/10 to 15/03 according to the regulation 31/2013. (IV. 18.) Főv. Kgy.

Authorised, required if signposted

Prohibited

Irland

No legal requirement

Authorised

Authorised

Iceland

Mandatory from 01/11 to 15/04

Authorised

Authorised. Maximum speed 55 mph

Italy

Required by law from 15/11 to 15/04, with the extension or reduction of the duration depending on the route and weather conditions. For further information, visit the Pneumatici sotto controllo website

Authorised, equivalent to winter tyres

Authorised from 15/11 to 15/03. Studs must not exceed 1.5mm. Maximum speed 55 mph (75 mph on motorways). Mudguards are mandatory.

Latvia

Mandatory from 01/12 to 15/03

Authorised

Authorised from 02/10 to 30/04

Liechtenstein

No legal requirement

Authorised, mandatory if indicated by traffic signs

Authorised from 01/11 to 30/04 (except on dual carriageways and motorways). Maximum speed 55 mph. Sticker is mandatory.

Lithuania

Summer tyres prohibited from 11/10 to 01/04

Authorised

Authorized from 01/11 to 10/04. Sticker obligatory

Luxembourg

Mandatory in winter conditions

Authorised

Authorised from 01/11 to 30/04. Maximum speed 35mph (60 mph on motorways). Sticker is mandatory.

Malta

No specific regulations

 

 

Macedonia

Mandatory from 15/11 to 15/03

Authorised

Prohibited

Moldavia

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in winter conditions

Authorised

Authorised

Montenegro

Mandatory from 15/11 to 31/03

Authorised

Prohibited

Norway

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in wintry conditions

Authorised

Authorised from 01/11 until the first Sunday after Easter (from 15/10 to 01/04 in the provinces of Nordland, Troms, Finnmark)

Netherlands

No legal requirement

Prohibited

Prohibited

Poland

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in wintry conditions

Authorised, mandatory if indicated by traffic signs

Prohibited

Portugal

No legal requirement

Authorised

Prohibited

Romania

Mandatory from 01/11 to 31/03

Authorised

Prohibited

Russia

Mandatory from December to February according to the traffic police regulation

Authorised

Authorised

Serbia

Mandatory from 01/11 to 01/04

Authorised

Prohibited

Slovakia

Mandatory in winter conditions

Authorised

Authorised

Slovenia

Mandatory from 15/11 to 15/03

Authorised

Prohibited

Spain

No legal requirement

Authorised, required if signposted

Authorised

Sweden

Mandatory in winter conditions from 01/12 to 31/03.

Authorised

Authorised from 01/10 to 15/04 (except in some districts of Stockholm, Uppsala and Gothenburg).

Switzerland

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in wintry conditions

Authorised, mandatory if indicated by traffic signs

Authorised from 01/11 to 30/04. Maximum speed 50mph. Sticker is mandatory. Prohibited on motorways except on the A13 between Thusis and Mesocco (San Bernardino tunnel) and the A12 between Airolo and Götschen (St Gothard tunnel).

Turkey

Mandatory in case of snow. Allowed on snowy or icy surface only

Authorised

Authorised

Ukraine

No legal requirement, but strongly recommended in wintry conditions

Authorised

Authorised

Sources : European Consumer Center, Automobilclub von Deutschland, Michelin, Goodyear, Rezulteo.