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Winter tyre laws

Below you can find more information about winter tyre laws in your country.

Winter tire laws Europe
Albania
Albania
  • No winter tyres mandatory.
  • Studs not allowed
Andorra
Andorra
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • M+S and Snowflake-on-the-Mountain symbol
  • Snow chains, indicated by road signs
  • Snow chains must be used if winter condition or signs indicate
Austria
Austria
  • Depending on the situation, wintery road conditions from 1.10. - 31.5
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth: 4,0 mm
  • If summer tyres are fitted chains for one driven axle are mandatory
  • Studded tyres are allowed from 1.11. - 15.4.
  • If studded tyres are fitted they are mandatory for all axles (incl. trailer)
Belarus
Belarus
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 1st December to 28th February
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicles
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Winter tyres have to be mounted on all 4 axles
  • Studded tyres can be used as all other winter tyres
Belgium
Belgium
  • M+S tyres with lower speed index accepted from 1st October to 30st April (labelling the max speed in the dashboard mandatory)
  • M+S marked tyres with same/higher speed index accepted all the year round
  • Alpin symbol tyres with smaller speed index accepted all the year round (labelling the max speed in the dashboard mandatory)  
Bosnia and Herzegowina
Bosnien-Herzegowina
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 15.11.-15.04.
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight and not more than 8 seats
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Studs are not allowed
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Studs not allowed
Croatia
Croatia
  • Winter tyres mandatory
  • From 15.11. - 15.4.
  • Up to 3,5 tons
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
Cyprus
Cyprus
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Czech Republic
Czech_Republic
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 1.11. - 31.3.
  • Winter tyres are mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4 mm




Denmark
Denmark
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Studded tyres allowed from 1/11 until 15/4
Estonia
Estonia
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 01.12.-01.03.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tyres can be used as all other winter tyres during the mandatory winter period
Finland
Finland
  • Mandatory to use winter tyres 1th December to last of February
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tyres can be used From 1st November to 1st Monday after Easter, outside this time can be used if "winter" conditions
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
France
France
  • Situational winter tyre obligation in places indicated by road signs depending on winter weather conditions
  • M+S and Snowflake-on-the-Mountain symbol
  • Snow chains, indicated by road signs
  • Snow chains must be used if winter condition or signs indicate
Germany
Germany
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • Situational winter tyres are mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
Greece
Greece
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons
  • Snow chains allowed, max. speed limit 50 km/h
Hungary
Hungary
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • Snow chains, indicated by road signs
Iceland
Iceland
  • No winter tyres mandatory
Ireland
Ireland
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Italy
Italy
  • Winter Tyre Obligation in places from 15.11.2015 - 15.04.2015
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Extention: 1 month for mounting (15.10 - 15.11) and 1 month for dismounting (15.04 - 15.5)
  • It's strongly recommended to fit 4 winter tyres with a minimum tread depth of 4 mm
  • Winter Tyres allowed in summer (16.05 - 14.10) if the speed index is the same or higher of the one in the vehicle registration paper
Latvia
Latvia
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 01.12.-01.03.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Studded tyres can be used as all other winter tyres during the mandatory winter period
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein

  • No general winter tyre regulations, regional regulations are possible in winter road conditions (f.e Pass-Roads)
  • Min. tread depth for winter tyres 1.6 mm
  • In case of an accident with summer tyres in wintry conditions, be aware of liability issues
  • If authorities announce snow chain obligation, only snow chains are permitted (four-wheel drive may be excluded)
  • Use of snow chains in case of respective road signs and conditions
  • Studded tyres are permitted for vehicles <7.5 t GVW between November 1 and April 30 or on snowcovered roads
  • Max speed 80 km/h
  • Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labled with a sticker 80 km/h
Lithuania
Lithuania
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 01.11.-01.04.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tyres can be used as all other winter tyres during the mandatory winter period


Luxembourg
Luxembourg
  • Depending on winter weather conditions valid up to 3.5 t vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Cars has to be equipped with 4 tyres carring the same marking on the sidewall (4 *, 4MO, 4MS, 4Snowflake...)
  • Studded tyres allowed from 01.12.-31.03
  • Recommended min. tread depth 4,0 mm
Macedonia
Macedonia
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 15.11.-15.03.
  • M+S and Snowflake-on-the-Mountain marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Studs not allowed
Malta
Malta
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Moldavia
Moldavia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions from 01.12. - 01.03.
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Studs allowed from 01.12. - 01.03
Montenegro
Montenegro
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • From 15.11. - 31.3.
  • Winter tyres mandatory up to 3,5 tons
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
Netherlands
Netherlands
  • No winter tyres mandatory
Norway
Norway
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
  • M+S especially developed for winteruse and / or 3PMSF
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tyres allowed
  • From 1st November to 1st Monday after Easter in the South
  • From 15th October to 1st May in the North
Poland
Poland
  • No winter tyre mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
  • Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.
  • Studded tyres not allowed
Portugal
Portugal
  • No winter tyres mandatory
Romania
Romania
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • Valid up to 3.5 tones vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
Russia
Russia
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 1. Dec. - 28. Feb.
  • M+S as well as Snowflake-on-the-Mountain symbol
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • If using studded tyres, they have to be on all positions
  • Winter tyres have to be mounted on all positions
  • Studs are forbidden from June, 1st - August, 30th
Serbia / Kosovo
Serbia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • From 1.11. - 31.3.
  • Winter tyres are mandatory up to 3,5 tons
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
Slovakia
Slovakia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • From 15.11. - 31.3.
  • Winter tyres are mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3 mm
  • Snow chains must be used if signs indicate and can be used if winter condition.
  • Forbidden to use spike tyres. Only ambulances can use spike tyres.


Slovenia
Slowenia
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 15.11.-15.03.
  • valid up to 3,5 tones vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • studs not allowed
Spain
Spain
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • Situational winter tyres are mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 1,6 mm
Sweden
Sweden
  • Depending on winter weather conditions from 01.12. - 31.03.
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S and/or Snowflake-on-the-Mountain marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • List of approved winter tyres on www.dackinfo.se
  • Studded tyres allowed 01.10. - 15.04.
Switzerland
Switzerland
  • No general winter tyre regulations, regional regulations are possible in winter road conditions (f.e Pass-Roads)
  • Min. tread depth for winter tyres 1.6 mm
  • In case of an accident with summer tyres in wintry conditions, be aware of liability issues
  • If authorities announce snow chain obligation, only snow chains are permitted (four-wheel drive may be excluded)
  • Use of snow chains in case of respective road signs and conditions
  • Studded tyres are permitted for vehicles <7.5 t GVW between November 1 and April 30 or on snowcovered roads
  • Max speed 80 km/h
  • Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labled with a sticker 80 km/h
Turkey
Turkey
  • Valid for just commercial vehicles (including taxi, light trucks, trucks, buses)
  • Winter tyres are mandatory from 01. December. - 01. April
Ukraine
Ukraine
  • No winter tyres mandatory
United Kingdom
United-Kingdom
  • No winter tyres mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight