Hanover, Germany – Continental AG has warned holidaymakers planning to drive to France during the winter months about a new tire law that has come into force on 1 Nov in various parts of the country.
The winter tire regulation is now active from November to the end of March and requires motorists to have winter specific tires fitted when travelling in 48 French regions, said Conti in a 23 Nov statement.
Failing to observe the law could incur a fine of €135, according to the German tire maker.
Including popular skiing and mountainous destinations, such as the Alps, Pyrenees, Vosges, Jura and Massif Central, the winter tire law applies to all private cars and vans, commercial vehicles and motorhomes.
Vehicles fitted with all-season tires that have the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMS) marking will also be permitted to drive in these areas in France.
In a survey of 2,000 UK holidaymakers, Continental Tyres found that four in 10 are hoping to visit a mountainous part of France with the easing of movement restrictions in the country.
Some 46% of the participants were considering taking their vehicle.
According to Conti, more than 80% of potential holidaymakers were unaware of the new French law.
When asked if they would still consider driving to these regions of France in light of the new regulations, 18% said they would ensure their vehicle is fitted with winter tires.
“Worryingly a quarter (25%) would just continue as normal,” Conti added.
“Driving from Calais down to the mountainous regions of France is a really popular trip for those that want to ski or just experience this stunning part of the world,” said Pete Robb, from Continental Tyres.
Using winter tires, Robb added, will significantly increase motorists’ safety on the roads and prevents “an unnecessary fine.”