November 28, 2021

breaches “will not be penalized” this year

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.