Tips for operating Europe's winter roads


This year reminder of the rules that apply on the winter roads of Europe are here. Few countries have provisions for mandatory winter tires like in Sweden, but there are other important things to remember.

The European Network for cross-border consumer issues – ECC-Net – has compiled the rules of the road that apply during the winter months in each country respectively. The lists below are for the EU plus Norway and Iceland. 

Winter tires are legally mandatory:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Latvia
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden

Winter tires are mandatory if weather conditions so require:

  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Luxembourg
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Slovakia

Winter tires are mandatory only if there is a specific road sign:

  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

Winter tires are not mandatory:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Lithuania
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom

Additional regulations to the ones listed below may apply, and is to be found in the report Winter tires within Europe, in Iceland and Norway.