M+S tyres compulsory for German roads in winter

NO, this isn’t Marks & Spencer moving into the tyre business – it’s a change to German traffic regulations meaning that as from Saturday, December 4, all trucks over 3.5 tonnes and buses with more than eight seats must use Mud and Snow (M+S) tyres on their driven axles on roads covered with ice, hard-packed snow or slush.
This applies to domestic vehicles and foreigners visiting or crossing the country.
German tyre-maker Continental has welcomed the move which it says clarifies the law by defining which tyres are suitable for winter and when to use them.
The tyre firm says all its drive axle tyres are M+S rated and marked and says winter-marked tyres such as its Scandinavia range used on all axles will give even greater safety on winter roads.