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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

WINTER TYRES AND SNOW CHAINS


WINTER TYRES WILL BE MANDATORY IN GERMANY
The German parliament's Upper House approved, on November 26th 2010, an amendment to German Traffic Regulations. Under specific circumstances, winter tyres are mandatory in Germany: in case of ice, accumulated snow, slush or frost, vehicles may only travel on the road when equipped with winter tyres or tyres for all seasons that carry the specific identifying marks.
Although more than 80% of Germans drivers regularly change their vehicle tyres as the winter approaches; however, with the new regulation, it must be taken into account that anyone traveling by Germanic lands in winter should be provided with the mentioned tyres. The new rules become effective probably in mid-December.

THINK AHEAD, IN WINTER TIME BRING SNOW CHAINS, IT COULD BE YOUR LIFE INSURANCE
In snowy conditions, transportation authorities may require snow chains to be fitted on vehicles. This can apply to all vehicles, or those that lack certain motive combinations such as four-wheel drive and/or specific classifications of tyres. Local requirements may be enforced at checkpoints. Snow chains should always be fitted to one or more drive axles of a vehicle, with varying requirements for dual-tyre or multi-driven-axle vehicles that range from 'one pair of tyres on a driven axle' to 'all tyres on all driven axles' being required to have snow chains fitted when conditions and/or sign require it.

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