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Compulsory winter tyres on Austrian roads

As of today (1 November) all cars travelling on Austrian roads have to be equipped with winter tyres.

Winter tyres have a different profile and a different rubber content that means they are not only better in the snow, but also generally perform better in the cold winter months .

Anybody who does not have winter tyres can be fined 36 euros which can rise to up to 5,000 if they are found to have been involved in an accident which was in part due to the fact they were not using winter tyres.

The compulsory use of winter tyres is in force until April 15.

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