Status: 01.12.2023, 19:11 PM
By: Simon Mones
From 2024, new rules will apply again in road traffic. This also applies to the tyres for the winter. Those who have raised the wrong people have to dig deep into their pockets.
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, the tires on the car also need to be changed. However, the rule of thumb "from O to O" should no longer be relied upon. The winter conditions can also occur before and after. That's why some drivers rely on all-season tyres – but they are not the right choice for everyone. In the coming year, however, a new set may still have to be introduced, because tires with the M+S symbol may no longer be driven from October 2024.
M+S symbol not legally protected: From October 2024, the Alpine symbol will be mandatory
For a long time, tyres that are suitable for winter conditions were also recognisable by the M+S mark. The abbreviation stood for "mud and snow". However, since the symbol was not legally protected, there were no special tests for winter suitability, as the Automobile Club Verkehr explains.
Marking with M+S is still sufficient. However, this will change in October 2024. © Photo Booth/Imago
Since 2018, only the Alpine symbol (a mountain with a snowflake) has been used to identify winter and all-season tyres. However, tyres with the M+S symbol were still permitted on a transitional basis. However, this grace period expires in October 2024.
Wrong tyres in winter: up to 120 euros fine
Even though tyres with the M+S mark have not been sold for a long time, they are likely to still be used in some cars. At the latest when changing to summer tyres, you should take a look at the flank of the wheels. If it bears both the M+S marking and the Alpine symbol, the tyre can continue to be used. "However, if you only have the M+S marking, you should get a new set of tyres in good time," emphasises Auto Club Europe.
Anyone who drives tyres with the M+S symbol risks a fine from 2024
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If you are still on the road with tyres that are only marked with M+S, you risk a hefty fine. The catalogue of fines provides for a penalty of 60 euros for unadjusted tyres as well as one point in Flensburg. If other road users are obstructed, the fine rises to 80 euros. If there is a danger, 100 euros are due, and in the event of an accident even 120 euros. In addition, there is still a point in Flensburg. In other countries, there are sometimes even stricter rules when it comes to the obligation to use winter tyres.