Legal obligations in Europe*

Find information about the various snow chain laws before starting your journey!


 

Depending on the individual country in Europe, there may or may not be legal requirements for the use of snow chains:


 There is a legal obligation to carry chains in the vehicle
 There is a legal obligation to carry chains in winter conditions only
 There is no legal obligation to carry chains at all

 

Excerpt of the 29th motor vehicle law
(valid since 1st April 2008/for Austria)

Passenger Car: Vehicles of categories M1 and N1 must have winter tires on each wheel at wintry road conditions. If summer tires are used you must have snow chains on two driving wheels if the road is covered with snow or ice. If a road in Austria can only be used with snow chains (marked by a road sign) the snow chain must comply to ÖNORM V5117 resp. V5119.
Snow chains or starting aids which only comply to ÖNORM V5121 must not be used according to the law!

Truck: This does not apply to vehicles on which snow chains cannot be mounted due to the construction of the vehicle and for vehicles of categories M2 and M3 which are used in line operation.


ÖNORM V5117 defines the requirements and test instructions for snow chains which can be mounted on vehicles of categories M1 (passenger cars, campers, vans up to 8 seats), N1 (vehicles up to 3,5 t), O1 (trailers up to 750 kg), O2 (trailers up to 3,5 t) and offer at least minimum traction if used according to the regulations.

ÖNORM V5119 defines the requirements and test instructions for snow chains which can be mounted on the wheels of trucks, semi trucks, omnibuses and trailers and offer at least minimum traction if used according to the regulations.

Passenger car (M1):
Winter tires 1.11. – 15.4. – Wintry conditions
Carry snow chains in the vehicle 1.11. – 15.4. – Obligation for snow chains on summer tires

Omnibus (M2, M3):
Winter tires 1.11. – 15.4.
Carry snow chains in the vehicle 1.11. – 15.4.

Truck:
Winter tires 1.11. - 15.4.
Carry snow chains in the vehicle 1.11. – 15.4.

* According to the laws applicable at the time of printing (June 2016)