Does your car meet the snow regulations?

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You may know the regulations regarding drivng in the sno in Birmingham but how about where you are going skiing this Easter?

You may know the regulations regarding drivng in the sno in Birmingham but how about where you are going skiing this Easter?

After the poor Christmas, a lot of snow has fallen in Europe in the last seven weeks meaning there are pretty good conditions everywhere.

As many prepare for an Easter getaway with ski-laden cars ready for the journey across the Channel, there is a timely reminder from iCarhireinsurance.com that you are responsible for making sure your car meets the regulations that each country applies. Even if you hire a car once you get to your destination airport, you are still liable for making sure you abide by the rules, not the hire company.

EU laws regarding winter tyres and snow chain requirements are as follows:

Germany – Must have winter or all season tyres (M+S*) fitted during winter seasons.

Austria – Must have winter tyres (M+S*) fitted on snow covered roads from 1st Nov – 15th Apr.

France – Carry snow chains and use as directed by local signs.

Switzerland – Carry snow chains and use as directed by local signs. Winter tyres are recommended but not compulsory.

Andorra – Carry snow chains and use as directed by local signs.

Italy – Carry snow chains and use as directed by local road signs. Winter tyres are recommended but not compulsory.

If you fail to obey the rules, you might be lucky with a ticking-off from the local bobbies. If, however, they throw the book at you, some of the fines can be substantial running into thousands or euros.

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