Thursday, June 13, 2024

On summer tires to the German Christmas market, is that allowed?

Winter tires offer more road safety in snow and ice, but are they mandatory in Germany? Or can you just go to the Christmas market in Düsseldorf, Cologne or Aachen in a car with summer tires?

The answer is apparently simply because winter tires are not mandatory in Germany. With the exception that the use of summer tires under winter conditions is prohibited. This also applies to vehicles registered abroad. It is, therefore, possible, provided that you keep a close eye on the weather forecast.

When the car with summer tires is parked normally during snow and ice, you don’t have to worry about the consequences. But if you are caught on winter roads with summer tires, you get a fine of 60 euros plus a penalty point in the central German traffic register.

If you are caught in someone else’s car, the owner receives a fine of 75 euros and also a penalty point in the traffic register. It becomes really serious when an accident has happened due to the use of summer tires. In that case, the car owner can be accused of gross negligence, which can lead to a significant reduction in insurance coverage.

Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo
Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.

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