The government is unveiling the map of the departments concerned by compulsory snow tires from November 1.
As you probably already know, on November 1, the Mountain Law. This will then require motorists residing and crossing certain areas of France to equip their vehicle with winter tires. From next month, no less than 48 departments, in their entirety or not, will be affected by this new measure, aimed at improving road safety and reducing the number of accidents on roads subject to conditions. difficult climatic conditions. And this new law will apply very widely, whether for people living in the affected areas, as well as for those who cross them, even for a few kilometers. If for now, the final list of municipalities that will apply this measure is not yet known, the government has just unveiled a first card, giving more details on the affected areas.
However, this remains to be taken with a grain of salt, not being final since it will be modified over the course of local consultations, until the fateful date of the entry into force of this measure. In the Jura massif, the Mountain Law will therefore concern many municipalities, such as Pontarlier or Thonon-Les-Bains. Besançon and Lons-le-Saunier, on the other hand, escape this obligation, as does Montbéliard. Direction the Pyrenees, with a relatively small area, which should then concern only the most mountainous areas, bordering the border with Spain. Same thing in the Vosges, where the towns of Saverne and Saint-Dié-des-Vosges will be concerned, unlike Molsheim, Colmar and Mulhouse. A good part of the Massif Central will be subject to this measure, including the cities of Clermont-Ferrand, Aurillac, Le Puy-en-Velay or even Saint-Etienne. Finally, in the Alps, cars going to Annecy, Chambéry, Gap or Digne-les-Bains will also have to put on their snow tires.
No penalties for the first year
This new measure will therefore take effect from November 1, and will last until March 31, each year. Motorists subject to this new regulation will therefore have to install specific tires designed for use on snow and ice. If those simply marked with the M + S logo are authorized, they will only be tolerated until 2024. The ideal is therefore to opt for stamped tires. 3PMSF and bearing the Alpine symbol, depicting a snowflake and mountains. It is obviously also possible to complete your equipment with chains or socks, to be installed at least on the driving wheels of your vehicle. Do not panic, however, if you have forgotten to take your precautions, because the government specifies that any breaches will not be penalized in the first year of the implementation of this measure, that is to say from November 1 to March 31, 2021. It is therefore first of all the pedagogy which will prevail this winter, before the application of sanctions from next year.
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