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Winter Tyres

Discussion in 'General Automotive Chat' started by h5djr, Dec 24, 2010.

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    I have just noticed this item on the AA Driving in Europe website. If anyone is thinking of taking their car to Germany this winter BEWARE...

    On the 4th December 2010, new regulations regarding winter tyre requirements were introduced in Germany.
    This new regulation applies to all motorised vehicles using roads in Germany, including those registered abroad so vehicles registered in the United Kingdom are affected. It is now [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]prohibited to use summer tyres in Germany during winter weather conditions [/FONT][/FONT]- summer tyres are predominantly fitted to vehicles in the United Kingdom.
    Winter weather conditions include [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]black ice, snow, ice, slush and hoarfrost[/FONT][/FONT]. Please bear in mind that these conditions may also be present even if the temperature is above 0 degrees.
    German law specifies that the tyres must be [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]winter tyres [/FONT][/FONT]or all [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]season tyres [/FONT][/FONT]designed for use in wintry conditions. Suitable tyres will normally be marked '[FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]M+S[/FONT][/FONT]', however these can also be marked with a [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]snow flake [/FONT][/FONT]or [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]snowy mountains [/FONT][/FONT]symbol.
    Motorists, whose car is equipped with summer tyres may not take the car on the road in winter weather conditions. Motorists in violation face fines of €20. If they actually obstruct traffic, the fine is €40. You may also be [FONT=Verdana,Verdana][FONT=Verdana,Verdana]prevented from continuing your journey [/FONT][/FONT]unless the tyres are changed or the weather conditions change.
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    No one will be travelling from the UK to Germany this winter then. We tried to get winter tyres for the wife's A6 and none in the UK!!
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    You don't need to have actual winter tyres. Anything that's not a summer tyre is fine.( as above)

    Most decent brands have the afore mentioned symbols on them. M&S is the most common one i have noticed.

    However, specific winter tyres would be much better than actual all rounders.
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