As of November 1, motorists in certain mountain municipalities will have to keep chains in their trunk or fit their vehicles with specific tires during winter.
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Motorists who do not have chains, snow tires or all-season tires will not be “not sanctioned this winter”, even if they will be required to own them from November 1 in many mountain municipalities, the Interior Ministry announced Monday, October 4. “Information and educational operations will accompany the implementation of this system in the coming weeks”, assures the ministry in a press release.
The prefects of the departments located in mountain ranges (Alps, Corsica, Massif Central, Jura massif, Pyrenees, Vosges massif) must establish before November 1 the list of municipalities where vehicle equipment becomes compulsory in winter, this is that is, from November 1 to March 31. Light vehicles, utility vehicles and camper vans must either have removable non-slip devices (metal or textile snow chains), enabling at least two driving wheels to be fitted, or be fitted with four winter tires (marked “M + S” , “MS” or “M&S”).
New signage must also be gradually implemented. A sign showing a mountain, a suitcase of chains and a tire must indicate the entries and exits of mountain areas where the winter equipment obligation applies.