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Deutscher

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Tuesday 16th March 2010 quote quote all
I understand it is now compulsory to have winter tyres if you're driving in alpine regions during the winter in Austria.

However, there is a suggestion that summer tyres are permissible if you are carrying snowchains.

Can anyone throw any light on this? A Google search has thrown up conflicting views.

Lord Pikey

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Tuesday 16th March 2010 quote quote all
Cant help on the rules but they do check. We got stopped as soon as we crossed into Austria at the weekend for the vignette and to check our tyres.

Deutscher

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When they checked you I assume there was snow on the road as there isn't a requirement to have winter tyres on if the roads are clear.

Is my assumption right?

Lord Pikey

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Tuesday 16th March 2010 quote quote all
Its my understanding that you have to have winter tyres fitted at all times between certain dates regardless of weather..

I can ask the Germans at work tomorrow and get the right information or at least where to find it.

Edited by Lord Pikey on Tuesday 16th March 18:43

Deutscher

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That would be great. Thanks.

(I think there might be different rules for residents and visitors BTW.)
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aircooler

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I bought a set of new wheels fitted with winter tyres prior to my drive down to Austria. They worked a treat since we had quite alot of snow. Didn't have to bother putting chains/taking them off and when the snow cleared could drive at normal speeds (unlike with chains).

liquidken

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Tuesday 16th March 2010 quote quote all
There's no blanket rule; it is wholly dependent on the region you are travelling to and the prevailing conditions at the time.

Your best bet is to contact the local tourist board for clarification, prior to travelling.

christer

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Wednesday 17th March 2010 quote quote all
Whether it is law or not, please get winter tyres for your own safety (and your passengers). End of story.

Deutscher

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Monday 22nd March 2010 quote quote all
Below is the reply I got from the Austrian tourist office.

In effect, winter tyres ARE compulsory. Failure to comply results in a fine of up to €5000, presumption of guilt in the event of an accident and invalidation of insurance.

I'm surprised about the lack of publicity this has had (apparantly the law changed last year; previously visitors were OK with summer tyres if they carried snow chains).

I wonder how many Brits have been caught out.

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Thank you very much for your enquiry.

Winter tyres are compulsory in Austria until April 15th. Alternatively you may also use all season tyres marked with M+S (mud & snow).

Snow chains are only accepted as an alternative when the entire road is heavily covered with snow (Otherwise you would be damaging the road).  


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Best regards,



Austrian National Tourist Office
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