From November 1, winter tires will be mandatory in some departments. What about motorhomes?
It’s been a few years now that this idea was in the pipes, and now it was finally formalized a few months ago. For those who do not yet know it, November 1 will mark the start of the winter tire obligation for all private vehicles that will circulate in certain French departments. In total, no less than 48 of them will therefore be affected by this new measure, aimed at improving road safety. Among them, Ariège, Haute-Corse, Pyrénées-Atlantiques or even Vaucluse and the Territoire de Belfort. But be careful, because contrary to what one might think, it is not always the entire department that will be concerned, but certain municipalities, the complete list of which has not yet been revealed. The areas subject to this new obligation will then be materialized by a specific panel, installed at the entrance and exit.
Concretely, all passenger cars circulating in the perimeters concerned must therefore be fitted with snow tires, bearing the logo M+S as well as the alpine symbol representing a snowflake and mountains. Gums only marked with the mention M + S will be tolerated, but only until 2024. But what about motorhomes? Are they also affected by this measure? Well yes, and to the same extent as passenger cars and campervans, also from November 1, and until March 31. Concretely, all these vehicles must then have four winter tires, on at least two wheels on each axle. It is also possible and recommended to add snow chains or socks on at least two of the driving wheels, for optimum road holding, in particular on ice.
Up to € 135 fine … but not right away
Be careful, because even if you do not live in an area subject to this obligation, you will have to submit to it if you are just passing through, even if it is only to cross a city to go to a vacation spot for example. . In the event of non-compliance with this new measure, you will incur a fine € 135 from next year, which may also be accompanied by immobilization of the vehicle, depending on the circumstances. However, no sanction will be applied during the first year of implementation of this new measure.
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