New road sign: French winter driving regulation update

New French Winter Driving Regulations: AutoSock fulfils local Road Safety Requirements in France

Oslo, 7th October 2021 - AutoSock meets all requirements for removable winter traction devices stated in the new French Winter Driving regulations.

According to the new regulation, also referred to as “Mountain Law” (“Loi Montagne”), 48 Departments in France are defined as “mountainous” areas where new road rules shall apply. Here, local authorities can identify safety-relevant road sections, where vehicles must be equipped with winter tires or removable winter traction devices. These special road sections will be indicated by two new road signs, signalizing the beginning and the end of the winter equipment section. These new regulations will apply throughout the winter season starting November 1st until March 31st.

“With this new regulation in place, AutoSock is a real alternative to expensive winter tires for anyone driving only occasionally on such road sections”, says Odd Christian Krohn, CEO of AutoSock Operations AS, when asked about the new French rules.

Already since 2009 AutoSock products are certified to meet French snow chain requirements. With the introduction of the new European standard EN16662-1, AutoSock is now legally accepted throughout the European Union when snow chains are mandatory on vehicles up to 3,5t gross weight.


The new road signs B58 and B59 signalizing beginning and end of winter equipment sections




About AutoSock

AutoSock Operations AS manufactures and distributes AutoSock textile traction devices. Since its invention by Norwegian tire expert Bård Løtveit in 1996, AutoSock has invested in more than 20 years of continuous research and development. In cooperation with German car manufacturers and certification services, the product was finally launched on the European market in 2000. AutoSock is mounted like a “sock” over the tires of passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses and forklifts and delivers significantly increased traction on snowy and icy roads. AutoSock is one of the safest, best performing and most reliable traction devices on the market and is sold through a worldwide distribution network in more than 60 countries.
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AutoSock installed on rear wheels


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Stefan Muche 
Director Sales & Marketing 


AutoSock Operations AS 
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P.O. Box 1159 Sentrum 
N-0152 Oslo, Norway 


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++++ NEWS UPDATE: Austrian Ministry denies acceptance of AutoSock. AutoSock does not meet snow chain requirements in Austria. AutoSock does not accept the decision. Read more about the latest news here! ++++

Read also our news article "The AutoSock Regulations Update for the new Winter Season 2021-2022" and check our frequently updated AutoSock Regulations.
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