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Winter tire laws

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

Winter tire laws Europe
Albania
Albania
  • No winter tires mandatory.
  • Studs not allowed
Andorra
Andorra
  • No winter tires 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
  • Situationally depending on winterly 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 summertires are fitted chains for one driven axle are mandatory
  • Studded tires are allowed from 1.11. - 15.4.
  • If studded tires are fittet they are mandatory for all axles (incl. trailer)
Belarus
Belarus
  • Winter tyres mandatory from 1.12. - 1.3.
  • valid up to 3,5 t vehicles
  • min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Winter tires have to be mounted on all 4 axles
  • Studded tires can be used as all other winter tires
Belgium
Belgium
  • M+S tires with lower speed index accepted from 1st October to 30st April (labeling the max speed in the dashboard mandatory)
  • M+S marked tires with same/higher speed index accepted all the year round
  • Alpin symbol tires with smaller speed index accepted all the year round (labeling the max speed in the dashboard mandatory)  
Bosnia and Herzegowina
Bosnien-Herzegowina
  • Winter tires 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 tires mandatory
  • Studs not allowed
Croatia
Croatia
  • Winter tires mandatory
  • From 15.11. - 15.4.
  • Up to 3,5 tons
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
Cyprus
Cyprus
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Czech Republic
Czech_Republic

  • Situationally depending on winterly road conditions from 1.11. - 31.3.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4mm



Denmark
Denmark
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • Studded tires allowed from 1.11. - 15.4.
Estonia
Estonia
  • Winter tires mandatory from 15.10. - 01.04.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tires can be used from 15.10. - 01.04.
Finland
Finland
  • Mandatory to use winter tires 1.12. - 28.02.
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tires can be used from 1.11. - 31.03. or first Monday after Easter, outside this time can be used if "winter" conditions
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
France
France
  • Situational winter tire 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 tires are mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 1,6mm
Greece
Greece
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons
  • Snow chains allowed, max. speed limit 50 km/h
Hungary
Hungary
  • No winter tires mandatory
Iceland
Iceland
  • Winter tires mandatory from 01.11.-15.04.
  • Min. tread depth 1,6mm

Ireland
Ireland
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Italy
Italy
  • Winter Tire Obligation in places from 15.11. - 15.04.
  • 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. - 15.05.)
  • Min. tread depth 1,6mm
  • Winter Tires 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 tires mandatory from 01.12. - 01.03.
  • M+S marking
  • min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Studded tires can be used from 01.10. - 01.05.
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein

  • No general winter tire regulations, regional regulations are possible in winter road conditions (f.e Pass-Roads)
  • Min. tread depth for winter tires 1.6 mm
  • In case of an accident with summer tires 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 tires 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 tires have to be labled with a sticker 80 km/h
Lithuania
Lithuania
  • Winter tires mandatory from 01.11. - 01.04.
  • M+S marking
  • min. tread depth 1,6mm
  • Studded tires can be used as all other winter tires during the mandatory winter period


Luxembourg
Luxembourg
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • valid up to 3.5 t vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Min tread depth 1,6 mm
Macedonia
Macedonia
  • Winter tires mandatory from 15.11.-15.03.
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • Studs not allowed
Malta
Malta
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
Moldavia
Moldavia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions from 01.12. - 31.03.
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • Studs allowed from 01.12. - 01.03.
Montenegro
Montenegro
  • Winter tires mandatory from 15.11. - 01.04.
  • Winter tires mandatory up to 3,5 tons
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
Netherlands
Netherlands
  • No winter tires 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 tires allowed
  • From 01.11. to 1st Monday after Easter in the South
  • From 15.10. to 30.04. in the North
Poland
Poland
  • No winter tire mandatory
  • Valid up to 3,5 t vehicle weight
  • Snow chains only allowed on roads covered with snow and ice.
  • Studded tires not allowed
Portugal
Portugal
  • No winter tires mandatory
Romania
Romania
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • Valid up to 3.5 tones vehicle weight
  • M+S marking
  • min. tread depth 1,6 mm
Russia
Russia
  • Winter tires mandatory from 1.12. - 28.02.
  • M+S marking as well as Snowflake-on-the-Mountain symbol
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
  • If using studded tires, they have to be on all positions
  • Winter tires have to be mounted on all positions
  • Studs are forbidden from 01.06. - 30.08.
Serbia / Kosovo
Serbia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • From 1.11. - 01.04.
  • Winter tires are mandatory up to 3,5 tons
  • M+S marking
  • Min. tread depth 4,0 mm
Slovakia
Slovakia
  • Depending on winter weather conditions
  • From 15.11. - 31.3.
  • 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 tires
Slovenia
Slowenia
  • Winter tires 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
  • No winter tire obligation
  • Valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight
  • 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 marking
  • Min. tread depth 3,0 mm
  • Studded tires allowed 01.11. - Easter
Switzerland
Switzerland
  • No general winter tire regulations, regional regulations are possible in winter road conditions (f.e Pass-Roads)
  • Min. tread depth for winter tires 1,6 mm
  • In case of an accident with summer tires 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 tires are permitted for vehicles <7.5 t GVW between 01.11. 30.04. or on snowcovered roads
  • Max speed 80 km/h
  • Vehicles with studded tires have to be labled with a sticker 80 km/h
Turkey
Turkey
  • Winter tires are mandatory from 01.12. - 01.04.
  • Valid for just commercial vehicles (including taxi, light trucks, trucks, buses)
  • Min. tread depth 1,6 mm
Ukraine
Ukraine
  • No winter tires mandatory
United Kingdom
United-Kingdom
  • No winter tires mandatory
  • valid up to 3,5 tons vehicle weight

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