If you are already planning your skiing vacation outside of Bulgaria and traveling by car, check out the requirements for winter tires abroad. In most EU countries, winter tires are not mandatory, but there are exceptions. The information below is collected and summarized by the European Consumer Centers in the relevant EU countries, Norway and Iceland.
Countries where use of winter tires is prescribed by law:
Winter tires are mandatory between 1 December and 1 March. However, you will not be wrong if you use them for a longer period – between 15 October and 31 March. Under extraordinary weather conditions, tires may be added from 1 October to 30 April. However, such devices are prohibited between 1 May and 1 October.
There the winter tires must be in the car between December 1 and the end of February. If you are going to wear tire spikes, remember that this is allowed between November 1 and the first Monday after Easter. Grapheres must be at least 3 mm deep.
Between 1 December and 1 March, Latvian roads are only open to cars fitted with winter tires. This means that the grabs must be at least 4 mm deep. Tire spikes are banned between 1 May and 1 October.
Between November 15 and March 15, as well as heavy snowfalls or bumps outside this period, cars up to 3.5 tonnes must be equipped with winter tires. These must be placed on all four wheels. The other option is to ride summer tires, but in the boot you also have snow chains to use when needed. In both cases the tire treads must be at least 3 mm.
Winter tires are mandatory between 15 November and 14 April. Winter equipment refers to all motor vehicles, regardless of outside conditions. Wagons weighing less than 3.5 tonnes must be with winter tires (M + S) or with summer but with a minimum gradient of 4 mm and a trunk in the boot. In the event of a violation of driving regulations in winter conditions, drivers may be fined 700 Kuna (approximately 95 euros).
In this Scandinavian country, between December 1 and March 31, it is mandatory to have your car fit or winter tires. Grapheres must be at least 3 mm deep. The rules also apply to trailers. In Sweden, spike tires can be used between October 1 and April 15, as well as heavy winter conditions are expected.
Countries where winter tires are mandatory if weather conditions so require
If you drive to Germany and there is snow, fog or frost on the road, you must be prepared with winter tires or so-called. all-season tires to be fitted on all four wheels. Their grabs must be at least 1.6 mm deep. If the weather conditions are softer than usual, you can also stay with summer tires. It is very important to know that tires with spikes that can break the flooring are not allowed.
Between 1 November and 15 April, cars must be equipped with winter tires when the natural conditions so require. These tires must be on all four wheels when the roads are covered with snow or ice and their grabs must be no less than 4 mm deep. Tire spikes can be used between 1 October and 31 May. The skids must fit tightly so that they do not damage the road surface. It is important to know that there is a limitation in the speed of the cars with spikes (80 km / h in extra urban and 100 km / h on the highway), and the vehicle must be marked with a sign for such tires. The sticker is bought from automotive clubs or petrol stations.
In winter, driving without snow tires or snow chains can cost you a fine of 35 euros. In the event that other road users are also at risk, the penalty may also be EUR 5,000.
Winter tires are obligatory for snow or snow on the road.
There is no obligation for cars to have winter tires, but at the same time they must be fit for winter driving, which is essentially the same. From November 1st (or October 15th in northern Norway), drivers are allowed to use tire spikes without being fined. After the first Monday after the second Easter day, this equipment must be removed.
If the weather conditions so require, winter tires are mandatory for cars under 3.5 t – ie. when the roads are covered with snow or ice.
Driving a vehicle on public roads covered with snow, ice or black ice without winter tires is considered a violation.
From November 1 to March 31, cars should be fitted with winter tires if there is a significant amount of snow or ice on the road. These tires must have at least a 4 mm grapple. Tire spikes are not allowed.
Countries where winter tires are mandatory only if there is a sign on the road
Winter tires are generally not mandatory unless a special road sign is placed on the road.
Generally, winter tires are not mandatory in Spain. According to the latest regulatory changes, the tires must be at least 3 mm deep during the period from November 1 to April 14.
Winter tires are not mandatory in Italy. However, when there is a special road sign, cars must be equipped with snow chains or winter tires for the period indicated on the mark.
Countries where winter tires are not mandatory
Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Hungary and Greece
Winter tires are not mandatory.
Winter tires are not mandatory. The use of tire treads is permitted from 1 November to 15 April.
Winter tires are not mandatory. Spiked tires are not illegal but can be used on thicker snow or ice sheets.
There is no period in which winter tires are mandatory. According to local regulations, however, the car should have equipment – snow chains or deeper tread tires to keep drivers at bay with heavy snow or ice on the road. If the winter is soft, for example in the more southern regions, summer tires can be used, but so called. all season tires are the most used in Iceland. The use of chains is forbidden in case it causes damage to the pavement.
Winter tires are not mandatory, but summer tires can not be used between 10 November and 1 April, but they have to be replaced by the so-called ‘ all season tires. Spikes are not allowed between 10 April and 1 November.
In the Netherlands, winter tires are not mandatory. The use of spiked tires is not allowed because it damages the pavements.
The use of winter tires is not required, but it is highly recommended to use winter tires or the so- all-season tires in winter in heavier natural conditions. Chains are permitted, in certain places are mandatory, with special signs being placed in these road areas. The use of spiked tires is strictly forbidden in Poland. They can only be used during winter races or rallies.
Winter tires are not mandatory. The use of snow chains as well as spiked tires is also allowed.
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