New regulations for winter driving in Germany
17 December 2010
New rules have come into force in Germany regarding the use of
winter tyres. In icy or snowy conditions it is now a legal
requirement to have winter tyres, which must be marked with M + S
and have a tread depth of at least 4mm. Snow chains are no longer
regarded as an alternative to winter tyres.
Anyone caught driving in snow or ice without winter tyres could
be fined €40.00 increasing to €80.00 if the vehicle is involved in
an accident or blocks the traffic.