From November 1, winter tires will be compulsory in 48 departments. What will be the penalties in the event of non-compliance with this measure?
We are getting closer and closer to it. From November 1, many French departments will be subject to a new obligation: that for motorists to install winter tires on their vehicle. Of course, not all of the territory will be affected by this measure, which comes under the Mountain Law, since only areas located in mountain ranges will be subject to this measure, aimed at improving road safety and reducing accidents. linked to difficult climatic conditions. If this is already causing a lot of concern on the part of road users and residents of the areas concerned, the question which obviously comes up most often concerns above all the possible penalties incurred in the event of an inspection. Because from November 1 to March 31, 2022, all drivers driving in areas subject to this new law will therefore have to wear snow tires, chains or socks.
=> Discover the areas affected by the Mountain Law
But precisely, what do you risk if you do not wear specific equipment during the period when it will be compulsory? Well nothing at all. At least during the first year application of the measure. Indeed, the government wishes to reassure motorists and specifies that “ any breaches of this obligation will not be penalized in the first year of the implementation of this system, i.e. from November 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 “. The police will therefore give priority to education during this period, in order to give road users time to make their arrangements and equip themselves as they should. On the other hand, from November 1, 2022, everyone will have to be ready, since the first penalties will fall on the offenders. These will then be exposed to a fixed fine of 135 €, which may be combined with immobilization of the vehicle. On the other hand, no point should be withdrawn from the driving license.
Which tires to install?
If you live or have to go in one of the areas affected by the Mountain Law, you will therefore need to equip yourself with specific tires. So be sure to choose tires marked with the M + S logo, which means they are designed to ride on snow and mud. The ideal, however, is to opt for stamped tires. 3PMSF (3 Peak Mountain Snow Flake), also emblazoned with the “alpine symbol”, consisting of a snow flask in a three-peaked mountain. Indeed, compounds simply bearing the M + S initials will only be tolerated until 2024, before being banned in areas subject to the compulsory wearing of snow tires. You can also opt for all-season tires, as long as they bear the above symbols. For optimum safety, you can completely add chains to the drive wheels. The socks are also a good alternative, less expensive and more practical to install. They are ideal for riders who travel very occasionally to the mountains, but are less efficient.
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