Up to date regulations for winter equipment for trucks and coaches across Europe

To help operators understand the latest regulatory requirements in individual countries, Continental has released an overview of the European regulations for winter equipment for trucks and coaches.

In the coming winter season 2020/2021, tyres marked with the three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) will be mandatory in selected European countries.

In line with these regulatory requirements, all Continental steer and drive axle tyres for truck and bus, the  17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 inch sizes are available with 3PMSF-certified variants.

Continental offers one of the broadest truck and bus winter tyre portfolios in the industry. 

Details of the requirements for each country are here

M+S, Alpine symbol, snowflake symbol – what makes a winter tyre?

For driving safely with optimal traction, even on damp or icy roads, Continental recommends fitting trucks and buses with winter tyres on steer and drive axles for the cold winter season.

Identified by the snowflake symbol on the tyre sidewall, the dedicated winter tyre portfolio by Continental easily outperforms M+S tyres and also significantly exceeds the requirements of the Alpine symbol certification.

For winter tyres to be labeled with the 3PMSF symbol, they have to pass a standard practical test defined in UN regulation 117 and exhibit suitability for winter use on snowy roads in a braking and traction comparison test.

Tyres marked with M+S (Mud + Snow) provide a tread pattern or structure that is designed to deliver performance that exceeds that of a standard tyre in snowy conditions.

The M+S label is not subject to a defined test procedure. The details of European Winter Tyre Regulations 2020/201 can be found at www.continental-tyres.co.uk/truck/knowhow/european-breakdown-regulations  

About Continental 

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and networked mobility of people and their goods.

Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation.

In 2019, Continental generated sales of €44.5 billion and currently employs more than 232,000 people in 59 countries and markets.

The tyres business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide.

Continental is one of the leading tyre manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted sales of €11.7 billion in 2019 in this business area.

Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tyre production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers.

Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility.

The portfolio of the tyres business area includes services for the tyre trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tyres.

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