Status: 06.12.2023, 04:45 a.m.
By: Tobias Utz
Changing tires is a tiresome topic for many drivers. From 2024, a new regulation must be observed, otherwise fines may be imposed.
Frankfurt – The world of car tires is a complex topic that causes headaches for many drivers. In particular, changing tires from summer to winter tires and vice versa can be a chore. All-season tires, also known as all-weather tires, are an alternative that eliminates the need for constant change. But the tyre landscape is changing, as a certain type of tyre will be banned from 2024, bringing new challenges for motorists.
The ban on M+S tyres from 2024
From October 2024, only winter and all-season tyres with the Alpine symbol may be driven in winter road conditions. The pictogram shows a mountain and a snowflake and signals the winter suitability of the tyre. On the other hand, tyres with the M+S label (for mud and snow) are prohibited. Although such tyres have not been sold for a long time, they could still be mounted on many rims.
Penalties for non-compliance with the new rule
If tyres with only M+S marking are continued to be used, penalties may be imposed. According to the catalogue of fines, the fine is 60 euros and one point in Flensburg if you drive with unadapted tyres in winter. In the event of an accident with the wrong tyres, the costs can be significantly higher.
Motorists should take a close look at their winter tyres from 2024 - a severe fine is imminent. (Symbolic photo) © Daniel Naupold / dpa
Situational winter tyre requirement in Germany
In Germany, there is no general obligation to use winter tyres, but a situational one (§ 2 (3a) StVO). This means that in winter road conditions, i.e. in black ice, slippery snow, slush, ice or frosty conditions, you may only drive with winter tyres, the ADAC informs. The situational winter tyre requirement is considered to be fulfilled if winter tyres are fitted on all four wheels. A rule of thumb is the "O to O" rule (October to Easter), but it has no legal status.
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Identification of winter tyres and exemptions from the winter tyre requirement
Winter tyres can be identified by the Alpine symbol or the M+S marking. Until 30 September 2024, tyres with the M+S marking are considered suitable for winter use if they were manufactured by 31 December 2017. Not all vehicles are required to use winter tyres. Excluded are single-track motor vehicles (e.g. motorcycles), commercial vehicles for agriculture and forestry and motorized ambulances.
It is important that all drivers are aware of the new tyre rules and adjust their tyres accordingly. Failure to do so not only results in fines and points in Flensburg, but also an increased risk of accidents. The tyre regulation for 2024 sets a new standard for safety on our roads, ensuring that all vehicles are suitable for winter conditions. (tu)
Sources used: adac.de, inside-digital.de
Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Tobias Utz before publication.