Winter tyres legislation in Switzerland
In Switzerland, winter tyres are not mandatory. Nevertheless, during the period from October to Easter, it is strongly advised to drivers to fit winter tyres. If they fail to do so and have an accident, the insurance company might not cover the damage in its entirety and even take action against the client for negligence. Also, if you see the sign for snow chains on the road, it means that snow chains are compulsory during the cold weather months.
Winter tyres legislation in Italy
In Italy, the use of snow tyres and chains is regulated by municipalities, provinces, regions or motorway companies. The period of use stretches from 15 November to 15 April. In some areas, you may also encounter road signs indicating that you should fit snow chains on your vehicle. In such cases, snow chains become compulsory and are an alternative to snow tyres.
One last tip for the trip
If you are renting a car abroad, don’t assume that they will be fitted with winter tyres automatically. You often have to ask for winter tyres to be fitted and this will come at an extra cost.SEE MORE ADVICES