At present, winter tyres are not compulsory in France. But from 1 November 2021, some French motorists will have to comply with the new rules for driving in winter: the Mountain Law 2.
What does it say?
When and how should you equip your vehicle to comply? Pirelli tells you all about these new requirements, and helps you choose the right tyres for your vehicle and your needs.
What the Mountain Law 2 says
The Mountain Law 2 of 28 December 2016 is a law for the modernisation, development and protection of mountain territories that has modified the highway code. Its implementing decree, which came into force on 18 October 2020, makes special equipment adapted to winter driving compulsory from 2021 in certain mountain areas from 1 November to 31 March of the following year.
It aims above all to increase the safety of road users, but also to improve traffic conditions in winter, in particular by avoiding blockages during snowy periods, such as the “chassé-croisé”.
The areas concerned
The Loi Montagne 2 will apply in the French mountainous massifs (Alps, Corsica, Massif Central, Massif Jurassien, Pyrenees, Massif Vosgien), which concerns 48 departments.
Within these departments, it is the prefects who will designate by decree the communes in which obligations will apply.
What equipment is required to comply with the law?
All private vehicles (light vehicles and light commercial vehicles), heavy goods vehicles or buses entering the zone concerned must either have non-removable devices (equip the wheels with 4 “Winter” or “All Season” tyres), or removable anti-skid devices (metal or textile snow chains) allowing at least two driving wheels to be equipped.
What is at risk?
If you are driving in a zone concerned by the Loi Montagne 2 and your vehicle is not equipped with suitable equipment when you are checked, the law provides for a fine of €135 and possible immobilisation of the vehicle.
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