With legal stipulations governing winter equipment on trucks and buses differing across many European countries, Continental has released an updated country-by-country guide listing seasonal tyre regulations as required across Europe.
Ahead of the upcoming changeover window to winter tyres, Continental has compiled a summary of the winter tyre current regulations – including the most important changes – for workshops, truck bus and coach drivers, and fleet managers.
In the United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy and the Netherlands, for example, there remains no general obligation to fit winter tyres on commercial vehicles. By contrast, Germany, Austria and Spain have put specific regulations in place for the fitment of winter tyres. France has tightened up their winter equipment regulations for 2021, similar to Norway.
Continental’s new Tackle Winter with Confidence guide explores the demands placed on tyres by wintry road conditions and provides useful tyre knowhow for the winter season. And the tyre manufacturer has rounded off its wide-reaching winter portfolio with the Scandinavia Generation 3 winter tyre line. These tyres are designed to handle extremely tough winter conditions and boast high levels of traction without compromising on mileage.
Important changes to winter tyre requirements in four countries
In some of Europe’s key transit countries – such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland – no changes have been made to the winter equipment requirements for trucks and buses compared to last year. In France, winter equipment is already mandatory on specially marked roads. A new rule now explicitly refers to the 3PMSF marking instead of only to the M+S marking and affects passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles. From 1st November 2021 to 31st March 2022 at the discretion of the individual “départements” winter equipment stipulations apply on certain roads signalled by the road signs B26 [snow chains mandatory] and B58/B59 [winter tyres mandatory]:
Trucks without trailers and buses must carry snow chains for fitment on at least two driven wheels or have at least two steered wheels for the main steering system and at least two driven wheels fitted with tyres in M+S and 3PMSF marking (until 01.11.2024 tyres with either M+S or 3PMSF specification are still accepted).
Trucks with trailers must carry snow chains for fitment on at least two driven wheels.
Further development of the proven Scandinavia tyre family
A 22.5-inch tyre completes Continental’s extensive range of winter tyres for commercial vehicles for the 2021/22 winter season. This family of tyres impress with outstanding traction in winter conditions combined with a long lifespan. Optimised compounds provide excellent grip on snow, ice and in the wet without compromising in terms of mileage, wear or tread durability.
Continental provides an overview of the current regulations for winter tyres at: