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Germany: Mandatory Winter Tires For Motorcycles?

10
December
2010
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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Already the mandatory winter tires for cars was a big deal in Germany. The recent law states that during snow and ice, all cars must drive on approved winter tires, not chains.

BMW Snow Bell 1150GS
But now it would seem that motorcycles who brave the icy conditions in Germany are required to ride on winter tires as well. Not that there's a lot of choice, but they do exist.

However, the law applies to all vehicles riding in Germany, including foreigners. If you get caught during the winter snow or ice (even slush)  on normal tires, you get fined €40. If by riding on summer tires you hold up other vehicles, you get fined €80.

Which means that for winter motorcycle events, like the Elefantentreffen Open link in a new window, you need to go with winter tires, if not, face a fine or two. So is this the end of the famous winter motorcycle camping ride-out event?

At this moment however, the interpretation of the new law is a bit unclear. On one side, it has not been specified that motorcycles are also targeted by the law but according to the experts, it is the case, and on the other side, it is up to the LEOLaw Enforcement Officer - any kind of Police Officer: municipal, state, federal or national. to state if a road condition is icy or snowed in.

You may think which idiot rides in snow on a motorcycle, but you'd not only be surprised, but also you need to realize in Europe a lot of younger people ride a PTWPowered Two Wheel - motorcyles, scooters, mopeds to school. It is often the only form of transportation they have.

Via: Kfz-Betrieb < Motorklik



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