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German Federal Council: Winter tyre obligation for tour coaches is off the table for the time being - RDA points out that current Road Traffic Act regulations are quite sufficient

The RDA is relieved that a submission to the German Federal Council on 10th February 2017 - which called for a winter tyre obligation for tour coaches - was withdrawn at short notice. The RDA considers such an obligation unnecessary. The German Federal Council Traffic, Legal and Internal Affairs Committees had recommended that winter tyres be made compulsory for both driving and steering axles - their arguments being based on studies of the freight transport sector and of lorries which have different weight distributions and higher overall weight compared to coaches.

The RDA drew attention to the current German Road Traffic Act which already regulates that road vehicles with appropriate tyres only may drive in wintry conditions. §2, paragraph 3 also states that vehicles of classes M2, M3, N2 and N3 in the sense of addendum XXIX of the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations of 26th April 2012 may also be driven in wintry conditions when M+S tyres are mounted to the driving axle wheels only.

In this context, the RDA emphasises that a tour coach is neither a freight vehicle nor a lorry and that other physical prerequisites are in operation. There is absolutely no requirement for additional regulation of tour coach tyres in wintertime – a fact supported by road accident statistics. RDA member coach companies only employ vehicles in wintertime that fulfil road traffic regulations and safety requirements. New regulations are simply unnecessary when current legal guidelines are properly observed.


Annette Heinemann
Phone: +49 2244 90 33 33
Facsimile: +49 2244 87 74 22

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