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Germany adjusts regulations regarding freight traffic winter tyres

The regulations regarding winter tyres for freight traffic was recently amended in Germany. From 1 July 2020, vehicles' from 3 500 kg must have the tyres on their steering axles fitted with winter tyres. Until then, it is sufficient to have winter tyres only on the driving axle(s).

Tyre markings
Tyres marked M+S, without the well-known snowflake, may still be used until 30 September 2024, if they were manufactured before 31 December 2017. Tyres with a production date after 31 December 2017 must have the snowflake and mountain symbol, as well as be marked M+S.

The date of production is known as the DOT-code. This is placed on the tyre sidewall.

For example: DOT B94W HWNX 3913

  •     B9:         tyre's factory code
  •     4W:        tyre's size code
  •     HWNX:   manufacturer's specific code
  •     3903:     tyre production date. In this case week 39 of 2013

Trailers and semi-trailers
Winter tyres will not be compulsory for trailers and semi-trailers. All tyres must, however, have a minimum profile depth of 1,6 mm.

Not having the correct tyres incurs a fine of €60 for the driver and €75 for the vehicle owner. If a dangerous situation arises as a result of not having the correct tyres, the driver can be given, in addition to a fine, a penalty (the so-called Flensburger Punkte). Winter tyres are compulsory during winter conditions such as snow, ice and black ice, and are not dictated by specific periods of the year.

Publication date: 9/19/2017


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