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Old 30.11.2011, 20:49
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Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

Having recently left CH, we will be coming back for Christmas. We are renting a car (in Spain), so wondering if I need to do anything special for the tires. I cannot remember if all-season or Winter tires are mandatory on all roads? We will cross the border at Geneva and then head up to Payerne, so no mountain driving.

And I assume I need to buy a vignette at the border.

Thanks for any tips to refresh my memory.

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Old 30.11.2011, 20:51
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Re: Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

There are no rules concerning what tyres you have to use, just recommendations.
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Old 29.01.2012, 11:25
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Re: Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

It seems it's not a law in Switzerland, but insurance companies may not cover you in an accident if you don't have proper tires.

A fried of mine just rented a car in Italy, and planned to drive it to Switzerland, but the rental company wouldn't allow it because the car wasn't equipped with winter tires. Altho it would have been technically legal, I guess they didn't want to assume any insurance liabilities and the rental agency refused to allow it themselves.

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It is not mandatory but highly recommended to equip your car with winter tires between November and April. Your liability might increase should you be involved in a snow induced accident with a car not equipped with winter tires.
However, if you drive on roads where snow chains are required, you have to mount chains on at least two driven wheels, even if your car has an active four-wheel drive.
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Old 29.01.2012, 11:59
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Re: Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

In northern Italy, snow tires are mandatory (since last year) if there is snow on the ground.

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It seems it's not a law in Switzerland, but insurance companies may not cover you in an accident if you don't have proper tires.
In Switzerland there is no specific law about winter tires, but Swiss law requires that a car on a public road must be roadworthy ("verkehrssicher") at all times. Once you drive on a snowy or icy road with summer tires, your car is no longer considered roadworthy and you may end up with a fine.
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Re: Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

When we rented our car at the airport I asked if it had winter tires and they guy at the counter said they were required by law to provide winter tires and chains.

I didn't investigate further. I was happy to get winter tires and chains on the rental.
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Re: Driving non-Swiss rental car - Do I need Winter tires?

Hi, I would like to ask also a question for changing tires in a car without swiss plates.
They usually ask me for a number of a vehicle. Have you any recommendations for ordering tires?
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hi, i would like to ask also a question for changing tires in a car without swiss plates.
they usually ask me for a number of a vehicle. Have you any recommendations for ordering tires?
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