By Denna Bowman
New legislation came into force in Germany yesterday requiring all motorists to fit snow tyres to boost road safety.
The new law means anyone caught driving in wintry conditions without them faces a fine, after Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, voted to pass new regulations cracking down on the failure to use winter tyres.
Under the new rules, drivers caught using their summer tyres in ice, snow or slush will have to pay a €40 fine — up from €20 in previous years. Anyone caught obstructing traffic with inappropriate tyres during the difficult winter season faces an €80 fine and receiving a point on their driver’s licence.
Any tyres bearing the “M+S” marking, which stands for Matsch und Schnee, or “slush and snow,” are approved by the new regulation, as are all-weather tyres.
However, the severe winter weather sweeping the country has led to many of the regulation tyres already selling out in parts of the country.