A report just released by the Oregon Department of Transportation estimated that studded tyres cause about $8.5 million worth of damage to Oregon roads every year.
Studded tyres can tear up the road surface and are illegal in the UK
Studded tyres in the UK
One of the UK tyre companies that offer a studding tyre service is Avon tyres. The studded tyres, however, can only be used in an off-road situation. Here in the UK, Germany and France as it is illegal to use studded tyres on the UK roads. Because they do damage the road surfaces.
Other European countries and some North American states can use studded tyres.Thus at certain times of the year. But some states are trying to abolish the use of them. Because of the use of damage that they can do to the roads.
Different European countries, especially the alpine countries and Nordic countries, which have extreme winters.
Thus allow studded tyres to be fitted to their vehicles, to give them added grip in icy conditions. Ice can also be a problem for winter tyres because even winter tyres will struggle in some real ice conditions.
A few example countries are.
If you will be driving your car in Austria. Then it is the law for your vehicle to be fitted with a full set of winter tyres. They should also have a minimum tread depth of 4mm this is from 1st November – 15th April and at other times outside these dates when there is snow, slush or ice on the roads, very sensible in my opinion.
More relevant to this article Studded tyres may be used from the 1st October until the 31st May. Special local requirements may extend this period.
Strangely it is not legal to fit winter tyres in Belgium, but you can have stud tyres and chains provided when the roads are covered in ice and snow, I would say that this is a grey area?
Stud tyres – which must be fitted to all wheels – and can be used from 1st November – 15th April.
Finland, Estonia and Latvia.In Finland, Estonia and Latvia vehicles must be fitted with a set of winter tyres.This from 1 December to 28/29 February. But can be used as early as November until April. Minimum tread depth is 3mm but in poor conditions 5mm.
As well as snow chains.May also be used, studded tyres from November – April.Thus on all wheels and snow chains only during severe weather conditions. Also you must avoid damaging the road surface; I presume that it means that you should not ride on dry road surfaces with studded tyres fitted?
It is strongly advised that winter tyres or snow chains are used during the winter season from November to April. All vehicles should be equipped with winter tyres on all wheels, or the driver could be fined. You should also carry a set of snow chains in your car boot, or if you are stopped by the police, you could once again be fined.
As a side issue, you will be charged a fee by Oslo and Bergen, with stickers available for the period that you will be staying in the cities, How strange?
Stud tyres can be used in the winter tyre time but are prohibited on motorways and semi-motorways (DUEL CARRAIGWAYS) except for certain parts of the A13 and A2.
Stud tyres fitted to all the wheels can be used from October – 15th April but some areas do not allow you to use them so you must look out for road signs as they may be banned on some routes.
Most southern European countries do not use studded tyres on the roads.