Legalities:What fines await me when driving without winter gear?
Beginning at the 1st of November until the 15th of April of the following year, there is a situational requirement for winter gear in Austria. This means, when driving on a snowy road, slush or ice, all tires must be equipped with snow tires. Snow tires are only officially approved if they are labeled with M+S, M.S. or M&S and show a skid depth of at least 4 mm (5 mm for bias tires). This is also true for all-season tires, all-weather tires and studded tires.
Anyone who drives in wintery conditions without snow tires, risks a fine of 35 Euro. If other road users are endangered, the fine may rise up to 5000 Euro.
Do the pewag snox pro snow chains meet the Austrian standard?
Yes, all pewag snow chain models for automobiles meet the Austrian standard V 5117, required for automobiles (classes M1, N1).
What fines are to be expected if the snow chains do not meet Austrian standard?
In Austria, snow chains for automobiles may be used only if they meet the V 5117 standard, unless it is an equivalent product from one of the European Union member states. Upon violation, monetary fines of up to 726 Euro may apply, and if there is a mandatory road sign for “snow chain requirement” continuation of the journey may be prohibited.
May I drive with summer tires if snow chains are installed?
It is possible to install snow chains on two power tires as an alternative to winter tires. This is only permitted if the road is generally or almost completely covered with snow or ice. The snow chains need to be installed on the tires of the drive axle. If you use summer tires on your vehicle, you should definitely carry snow chains in your car trunk on longer journeys.