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Winter regulations

European regulations for winter equipment on trucks and buses

Country  Tyre regulations Snow chain regulations Further information

 

Albania

No general winter tyre regulations.

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

Austria

Winter tyres compulsory from 1 November to 15 April. Risk of driving ban and heavy fines if you do not comply (€35 up to €5,000). Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be equipped with tyres marked M+S and/or Alpine symbol (3PMSF) on at least one drive axle with a min. tread depth of 6 mm (bias) and 5 mm (radial). Winter tyres are compulsory for buses (categories M2, M3) from 1 November to 15 March.

Snow chains must be carried in the vehicle for at least two drive axle tyres from 1 November to 15 April. Exceptions for public service buses apply.

Use on roads covered with snow and ice.

Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles  > 3.5 t 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 15 November to 15 April for vehicles with more than 8 seats and for vehicles with > 3.5 t GVW a minimum tread depth of 4 mm is mandatory. If tyres do not have winter pattern, snow chains must be fitted on drive axle in wintry weather conditions.

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

A snow shovel and a bag of sand weighing between 25 kg and 50 kg must be carried in the 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

From 15 November to 1 March tyres with minimum 4 mm tread depth are mandatory.

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

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

Croatia

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

Snow chains required for the 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 1 November to 31 March depending on road conditions in winter, or if indicated by "winter kit" sign. M+S tyres with min. 6 mm tread depth must be fitted on the drive axle of vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.

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

Studded tyres prohibited.

Denmark No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains allowed from 1 November to 15 April. Studded tyres allowed from 1 November to 15 April. Studded tyres should be mounted on all tyres during this period.
Estonia Winter tyres compulsory for vehicles < 3.5 t GVW (radial tyres with min. 3 mm tread depth) from 1 December to 1 March (also from October to April depending on weather). Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but minimum tread depth of 3 mm is mandatory. Snow chains are compulsory if indicated by traffic signs on at least 2 drive wheels of vehicles with 3 or more axles. Studded tyres allowed between 15 October and 31 March.
Finland Mandatory to drive with winter tyres from 1 November to 31 March, if wintry weather conditions prevail. Non-steering drive axles need to be fitted with 3PMSF or POR or studded tyres. M+S marked tyres allowed until 30.11.2024. On drive axle min. 5 mm and all other axles min. 3 mm tread depth. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 November to 31 March if winter conditions prevail.
France

Winter equipment is mandatory for vehicles driving on roads marked with the B26 and/or B58 sign. The following changes apply from 2021: From November 1 to March 31, at the discretion of the local authorities (préfectures), vehicles > 3,5 t GVW must be fitted with 3PMSF tyres (minimum of two 3PMSF tyres on one steer axle and minimum of two 3PMSF tyre on one drive axle) or mount snow chains for the drive axle. There is a transition period until 2024 for M+S tyres already in use.

Use of snow chains when indicated by traffic signs. Vehicles < 3.5 t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from first Saturday before 11 November to last Sunday of March, max. speed 90 km/h. Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labelled with a sticker. Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.
Germany In wintry weather conditions vehicles with > 3.5 t GVW must be fitted with tyres marked with 3PMSF at the wheel positions of the permanently driven axles and front steering axles. Only M+S tyres produced before 1 January 2018 are accepted until 30 September 2024.
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/disturbance of traffic due to unsuitable tyres; €100 fine for causing hazardous situation due to un suitable tyres; €120 fine for causing an accident due to un suitable tyres. Plus 1 point in each case (Flensburg points system).
Great Britain No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed, but only on snow & ice covered roads, and as long as the street surface does not get damaged. Non compliance can result in a penalty fine.
Hungary No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. It may be compulsory to apply and carry snow chains under certain weather conditions (max. speed: 50 km/h). In wintry conditions, foreign vehicles may be denied access if no snow chains are carried on board. Studded tyres prohibited.
Iceland During the period from 1 November until 15 April trucks and buses shall be fitted with tyres with at least 3.0 mm tread depth. Snow chains are only allowed where there is no risk of causing damage to the road.  
Ireland No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed when roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres are allowed, but only on snow & ice covered roads, max. speed 60/70 mph (national road/motorway).
Italy Snow chains are only allowed where there is no risk of causing damage to the road. An anti-skid device (e.g. snow chains) must be carried in the vehicle. Winter regulation prot. RU/1580 applies only to the following vehicles categories: M1, N1 and O1. In the event of snow the local police may impose a transit prohibition on some highway sections.
Kosovo No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains for the 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.
Latvia Winter tyres (M+S) with minimum 4 mm tread depth compulsory for vehicles < 3.5 t GVW from 1 December to 1 March. Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but a minimum tread depth of 3 mm is mandatory.

Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 October and 30 April for  vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.
Liechtenstein No general winter tyre regulations. However, there are liability issues if unsuitable tyres are used.  The vehicle equipment must be suitable for the weather conditions. Snow chains allowed. Not necessary in valleys. In the mountains, traffic signs indicate if snow chains are compulsory.

Vehicles > 7.5 t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from 1 November  to 30 April, max. speed 50 mph. All tyres should be equipped with studded tyres. Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labelled with a sticker.

Lithuania Winter tyres compulsory for vehicles  < 3.5 t GVW from 1 November to 1 April. Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but a minimum tread depth of  1.6 mm is mandatory. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 November and 1 April.
Luxembourg All drive axles on trucks and buses need to be equipped with winter tyres (M+S) during wintry weatcher conditions (snow, ice, glazed frost). Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres prohibited.
Macedonia No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains must be carried in the vehicle from 15 October to 15 March if vehicle has only standard tyres fitted. Coaches and heavy trucks must carry snow shovels. Studded tyres prohibited.
Montenegro Winter tyres compulsory from November to April on specific roads, specified by Ministery of Police: M+S with min. 4 mm tread depth. Snow chains for the 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.
Netherlands No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains not allowed on public roads. Studded tyres prohibited.
Norway

Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be fitted with winter tyres from 15 November until 31 March: 3PMSF tyres on drive axle and front steer axle, M+S or 3PMSF tyres on free roling axles. Depending on the region, tyres must have min. 5 mm tread depth during the winter season. In south Norway: between 1 November and first Monday after Easter. In north Norway: between 16 October and 30 April.

It is mandatory for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW to carry snow chains in the period when it is legal to use studs. A truck with trailer must carry 7 chains.

Studding only allowed on winter tyres. Studded tyres (average protrusion: 1.7 mm) allowed from 1 November to the first Sunday after Easter. In Nordland, Troms and Finnmark: from 16 October to 30 April. Trucks and trailers: studded tyres on the same axle. If twin-mounted, 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 text message (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, monthly tickets about €52 and annual tickets about €155 (costs double for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW). A violation is fined with €97.“

Poland No 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.
Portugal No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains temporarily compulsory when indicated by traffic signs (high-altitude regions only). Studded tyres prohibited.
Romania In case of wintry road conditions winter tyres with M+S are compulsory for the drive axle of all vehicles > 3.5 t GVW and vehicles transporting people (with more than 9 seats). Vehicles  > 3.5 t 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 > 3.5 t GVW. Studded tyres prohibited.
Russia In December, January and February, passenger light truck, trucks and buses must be equipped on all axles with winter tyres M+S or 3PMSF and a minimum tread depth of 4 mm. Snow chains are recommended but not compulsory. Use of studded tyres is forbidden in the summer months (June, July, August).
Serbia Winter tyres (M+S) and min. 4 mm tread depth compulsory from November to April. 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.
Slovakia Winter tyres (M+S) with min. 3 mm tread depth compulsory for trucks > 3.5 t GVW from 15 November to 31 March on the drive axle. Snow chains must be carried in the vehicle.
Use according to traffic signs and conditions.
Studded tyres prohibited.
Slovenia

From 15 November to 15 March specific requirements apply for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW:
Option 1: winter tyres at least on the drive axle with min. 3 mm tread depth Option 2: standard tyres, but chains must be carried in the vehicle to be mounted on the drive axle in case of winter conditions.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicles >3.5 t GVW if no winter tyres are fitted.

Studded tyres prohibited.
 
Spain

Winter tyres with 4mm minimum tread depth are required on high mountain roads with red level (15/TV-87): Vehicles exceeding 7.5 t GVW not allowed to drive here, some further restrictions apply for vehicles with lower weight limiting the traffic to essential transport services.

High mountain roads with red level (15/TV-87): Snow chains in rigid trucks between 3.5 t and 7.5 t GVW and buses, if no winter tyres are fitted. Usage of studded tyres with up to 2 mm studs are allowed on snow-covered roads.
Sweden

In wintry weather conditions, minimum tread depth is 5 mm on all axles except trailers (1,6 mm). Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be equipped with 3PMSF, POR or studded tyres on front and drive axles, on other axles M+S tyres are also allowed. Until 30 November 2024, it is allowed to use M+S (specially developed for winter) on all axles.

Snow chains recommended to be carried in the vehicle. Studded tyres are allowed from 1 October to 15 April. Depending on the weather conditions this period may be extended. Maximum of 50 studs per metre circumference in tyres produced after 1 July 2013. Please note exceptions on specific roads.
Switzerland No general winter tyre regulations, regional regulations are possible in wintery road conditions (e.g. alpine passes). In case of an accident with summer tyres in wintry conditions, be aware of liability issues. Only 3PMSF tyres are considered as suitable tyres for wintry conditions. Minimum tread depth for winter tyres 1.6 mm, 4 mm is the recommended tread depth. If authorities announce mandatory snow chains, only snow chains are permitted. Use of snow chains in case of respective road signs and conditions (four-wheel drive vehicles may be excluded). Studded tyres are allowed for vehicles < 7.5 t GVW between 1 November and 30 April on snow-covered roads. Max. speed 50 mph. Studded tyres have to be labeled with a sticker 50 mph.
Turkey

Winter tyres with min. 4mm tread depth required for vehicles used for passenger and goods transport on regional roads between December 1st and April 1st. Within the provincial borders, local governors decide whether to enforce winter tyre regulation and make necessary announcements according to average local temperatures. Within the obligatory period, winter tyres should bear (M+S) symbol or snowflake symbol (3PMSF) or both on the sidewall.

Having or using a tyre chain with the vehicle does not absolve drivers from their obligation to use winter tyres. Only studded tyres that can be used on ice can substitute winter tyres. The tread depth should be measured from the tread centre.
Ukraine No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres are allowed.
Country  Tyre regulations Snow chain regulations Further information

 

Albania

No general winter tyre regulations.

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

Austria

Winter tyres compulsory from 1 November to 15 April. Risk of driving ban and heavy fines if you do not comply (€35 up to €5,000). Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be equipped with tires marked M+S and/or Alpine symbol (3PMSF) on at least one drive axle with a min. tread depth of 6 mm (bias) and 5 mm (radial). Winter tires are compulsory for buses (categories M2, M3) from 1 November to 15 March.

Snow chains must be carried in the 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  > 3.5 t 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 15 November to 15 April for vehicles with more than 8 seats and for vehicles with > 3.5 t GVW a minimum tread depth of 4 mm is mandatory. If tyres do not have winter pattern, snow chains must be fitted on drive axle in wintry weather conditions.

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

A snow shovel and a bag of sand weighing between 25 kg and 50 kg must be carried in the 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

From 15 November to 1 March tyres with minimum 4 mm tread depth are mandatory.

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

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

Croatia

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

Snow chains required for the 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 1 November to 31 March depending on road conditions in winter, or if indicated by "winter kit" sign. M+S tyres with min. 6 mm tread depth must be fitted on the drive axle of vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.

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

Studded tyres prohibited.

Denmark No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains allowed from 1 November to 15 April. Studded tyres allowed from 1 November to 15 April. Studded tires should be mounted on all tyres during this period.
Estonia Winter tyres compulsory for vehicles < 3.5 t GVW (radial tyres with min. 3 mm tread depth) from 1 December to 1 March (also from October to April depending on weather). Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but minimum tread depth of 3 mm is mandatory. Snow chains are compulsory if indicated by traffic signs on at least 2 drive wheels of vehicles with 3 or more axles. Studded tyres allowed between 15 October and 31 March.
Finland Mandatory to drive with winter tyres from 1 November to 31 March, if wintry weather conditions prevail. Non-steering drive axles need to be fitted with 3PMSF or POR or studded tyres. M+S marked tyres allowed until 30.11.2024. On drive axle min. 5 mm and all other axles min. 3 mm tread depth. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 November to 31 March if winter conditions prevail.
France

Winter equipment is mandatory for vehicles driving on roads marked with the B26 and/or B58 sign. The following changes apply from 2021: From November 1 to March 31, at the discretion of the local authorities (préfectures), vehicles > 3,5 t GVW must be fitted with 3PMSF tyres (minimum of two 3PMSF tyres on one steer axle and minimum of two 3PMSF tire on one drive axle) or mount snow chains for the drive axle. There is a transition period until 2024 for M+S tyres already in use.

Use of snow chains when indicated by traffic signs. Vehicles < 3.5 t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from first Saturday before 11 November to last Sunday of March, max. speed 90 km/h. Vehicles with studded tyres have to be labelled with a sticker. Studded tyres are prohibited for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.
Germany In wintry weather conditions vehicles with > 3.5 t GVW must be fitted with tyres marked with 3PMSF at the wheel positions of the permanently driven axles and front steering axles. Only M+S tires produced before 1 January 2018 are accepted until 30 September 2024.
Use of snow chains when indicated by traffic signs. Studded tyres prohibited. Exception: Route via “Kleines Deutsches Eck”. €60 fine for unsuitable tires; €80 fine for causing obstruction/disturbance of traffic due to unsuitable tyres; €100 fine for causing hazardous situation due to un suitable tyres; €120 fine for causing an accident due to un suitable tyres. Plus 1 point in each case (Flensburg points system).
Great Britain No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed, but only on snow & ice covered roads, and as long as the street surface does not get damaged. Non compliance can result in a penalty fine.
Hungary No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. It may be compulsory to apply and carry snow chains under certain weather conditions (max. speed: 50 km/h). In wintry conditions, foreign vehicles may be denied access if no snow chains are carried on board. Studded tyres prohibited.
Iceland During the period from 1st of Novemberuntil 15th of April trucks and buses shall be fitted with tyres with at least 3.0 mm tread depth. Snow chains are only allowed where there is no risk of causing damage to the road.  
Ireland No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains only allowed when roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres are allowed, but only on snow & ice covered roads, max. speed 60/70 mph (national road/motorway).
Italy Snow chains are only allowed where there is no risk of causing damage to the road. An anti-skid device (e.g. snow chains) must be carried in the vehicle. Winter regulation prot. RU/1580 applies only to the following vehicles categories: M1, N1 and O1. In the event of snow the local police may impose a transit prohibition on some highway sections.
Kosovo No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains for the 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.
Latvia Winter tyres (M+S) with minimum 4 mm tread depth compulsory for vehicles < 3.5 t GVW from 1 December to 1 March. Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but a minimum tread depth of 3 mm is mandatory.

Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 October and 30 April for  vehicles > 3.5 t GVW.
Liechtenstein No general winter tyre regulations. However, there are liability issues if unsuitable tyres are used.  The vehicle equipment must be suitable for the weather conditions. Snow chains allowed. Not necessary in valleys. In the mountains, traffic signs indicate if snow chains are compulsory.

Vehicles > 7.5 t GVW: Studded tyres allowed from 1 November  to 30 April, max. speed 50 mph. All tyres should be equipped with studded tyres. Vehicles with studded tires have to be labelled with a sticker.

Lithuania Winter tyres compulsory for vehicles  < 3.5 t GVW from 1 November to 1 April. Heavier vehicles do not require winter tyres, but a minimum tread depth of  1.6 mm is mandatory. Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres allowed between 1 November and 1 April.
Luxembourg All drive axles on trucks and buses need to be equipped with winter tyres (M+S) during wintry weatcher conditions (snow, ice, glazed frost). Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice. Studded tyres prohibited.
Macedonia No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains must be carried in the vehicle from 15 October to 15 March if vehicle has only standard tyres fitted. Coaches and heavy trucks must carry snow shovels. Studded tyres prohibited.
Montenegro Winter tyres compulsory from November to April on specific roads, specified by Ministery of Police: M+S with min. 4 mm tread depth. Snow chains for the 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.
Netherlands No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains not allowed on public roads. Studded tyres prohibited.
Norway

Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be fitted with winter tyres from 15 November until 31 March: 3PMSF tyres on drive axle and front steer axle, M+S or 3PMSF tyres on free roling axles. Depending on the region, tyres must have min. 5 mm tread depth during the winter season. In south Norway: between 1 November and first Monday after Easter. In north Norway: between 16 October and 30 April.

It is mandatory for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW to carry snow chains in the period when it is legal to use studs. A truck with trailer must carry 7 chains.

Studding only allowed on winter tires. Studded tyres (average protrusion: 1.7 mm) allowed from 1 November to the first Sunday after Easter. In Nordland, Troms and Finnmark: from 16 October to 30 April. Trucks and trailers: studded tyres on the same axle. If twin-mounted, one tire 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 text message (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, monthly tickets about €52 and annual tickets about €155 (costs double for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW). A violation is fined with €97.“

Poland No 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.
Portugal No general winter tyre regulations. Snow chains temporarily compulsory when indicated by traffic signs (high-altitude regions only). Studded tyres prohibited.
Romania In case of wintry road conditions winter tyres with M+S are compulsory for the drive axle of all vehicles > 3.5 t GVW and vehicles transporting people (with more than 9 seats). Vehicles  > 3.5 t 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 > 3.5 t GVW. Studded tyres prohibited.
Russia In December, January and February, passenger light truck, trucks and buses must be equipped on all axles with winter tyres M+S or 3PMSF and a minimum tread depth of 4 mm. Snow chains are recommended but not compulsory. Use of studded tyres is forbidden in the summer months (June, July, August).
Serbia Winter tyres (M+S) and min. 4 mm tread depth compulsory from November to April. 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.
Slovakia Winter tyres (M+S) with min. 3 mm tread depth compulsory for trucks > 3.5 t GVW from 15 November to 31 March on the drive axle. Snow chains must be carried in the vehicle.
Use according to traffic signs and conditions.
Studded tyres prohibited.
Slovenia

From 15 November to 15 March specific requirements apply for vehicles > 3.5 t GVW:
Option 1: winter tyres at least on the drive axle with min. 3 mm tread depth Option 2: standard tyres, but chains must be carried in the vehicle to be mounted on the drive axle in case of winter conditions.

Snow chains must be carried in vehicles >3.5 t GVW if no winter tyres are fitted.

Studded tyres prohibited.
 
Spain

Winter tyres with 4mm minimum tread depth are required on high mountain roads with red level (15/TV-87): Vehicles exceeding 7.5 t GVW not allowed to drive here, some further restrictions apply for vehicles with lower weight limiting the traffic to essential transport services.

High mountain roads with red level (15/TV-87): Snow chains in rigid trucks between 3.5 t and 7.5 t GVW and buses, if no winter tyres are fitted. Usage of studded tyres with up to 2 mm studs are allowed on snow-covered roads.
Sweden

In wintry weather conditions, minimum tread depth is 5 mm on all axles except trailers (1,6 mm). Vehicles > 3.5 t GVW must be equipped with 3PMSF, POR or studded tyres on front and drive axles, on other axles M+S tyres are also allowed. Until 30 November 2024, it is allowed to use M+S (specially developed for winter) on all axles.

Snow chains recommended to be carried in the vehicle. Studded tyres are allowed from 1 October to 15 April. Depending on the weather conditions this period may be extended. Maximum of 50 studs per metre circumference in tyres produced after 1 July 2013. Please note exceptions on specific roads.
Switzerland No general winter tyre regulations, regional regulations are possible in wintery road conditions (e.g. alpine passes). In case of an accident with summer tyres in wintry conditions, be aware of liability issues. Only 3PMSF tyres are considered as suitable tyres for wintry conditions. Minimum tread depth for winter tires 1.6 mm, 4 mm is the recommended tread depth. If authorities announce mandatory snow chains, only snow chains are permitted. Use of snow chains in case of respective road signs and conditions (four-wheel drive vehicles may be excluded). Studded tyres are allowed for vehicles < 7.5 t GVW between 1 November and 30 April on snow-covered roads. Max. speed 50 mph. Studded tyres have to be labeled with a sticker 50 mph.
Turkey

Winter tyres with min. 4mm tread depth required for vehicles used for passenger and goods transport on regional roads between December 1st and April 1st. Within the provincial borders, local governors decide whether to enforce winter tyre regulation and make necessary announcements according to average local temperatures. Within the obligatory period, winter tyres should bear (M+S) symbol or snowflake symbol (3PMSF) or both on the sidewall.

Having or using a tire chain with the vehicle does not absolve drivers from their obligation to use winter tyres. Only studded tyres that can be used on ice can substitute winter tyres. The tread depth should be measured from the tread centre.
Ukraine No 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.

Tyres marked with M+S (Mud+Snow) provide a tread pattern or structure that is designed to deliver performance that exceeds that of a standard tyre in snowy conditions. The M+S label is not subject to a defined test procedure.

Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMSF) tyres deliver winter performance that is legally certified. These tyres have to pass a test on a snow-covered road and have at least 25% better traction than a standard reference tyre.

Winter tyres from Continental are marked with the snowflake symbol on the tyre wall. Not only do Continental winter tyres easily outperform M+S tyres, they also significantly exceed the requirements of the “Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake“ symbol (3PMSF). The development of winter tyres from Continental is based on many years of experience and practical knowledge gained from using the tyres in the low temperatures found in Scandinavian countries. These special winter tyres offer a distinct advantage for a safe journey on snow-covered or icy roads.

For optimum traction and high driving safety in colder weather, Continental recommends fitting winter tyres on all axles of your trucks and buses.

Downloads

European regulations for winter equipment on trucks pdf 3 MB
Winter Tyres web brochure pdf 3 MB