Winter tires and snow chains are mandatory in Austria

Winter tires and snow chains are mandatory in Austria


In Austria between November 1st and April 15th of the following year winter tires are mandatory for trucks over 3.5 tonnes, as well as a snow chain obligation. Severe penalties are due for infringement. Police Chief Commissioner Christoph Becker informs.

In Austria, the driver always bears part of the responsibility – he must carry snow chains and trucks >3.5 tons must be equipped with M+S tires – in wintry road conditions coercive measures are applied (prohibition of continuation). This also applies when winter conditions occur in the further course of his route.

Minimum profile depth of tires:

  • Normal tire vehicles up to 3.5 t: 1.6 mm
  • Vehicles over 3.5 t: 2 mm
  • Winter tires vehicles up to 3.5 t: 4 mm (radial)
  • Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes: 5 mm (radial)

Find more info here (German language only).

According to the police in Austria up to 5000 Euros in fines, or six weeks of imprisonment can be the consequence of non-compliance.

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