I totally agree with every thing nyou say I live on a mountane and often drive on snow with sheer drops , the law is a ass I allways fit winter tyes for my safety not the lawAs I understand it, a pair of snow chains in the boot complies with the law. Whether that is a wise way to travel on snowy mountain roads is another matter altogether.
I wonder how many sets of snow chains are ever put on the tyres? Very few is my guess.
Personally I carry snow chains in the boot, just to comply with the law, but I never travel if there is snow or any prospect of snow. If I had to drive on snowy roads, I would definitely fit winter tyres.
As far as I understand it, snow chains are a requirement nationwide but winter tyres are a local rule e.g. while in San Donato in lombardia we needed snow chains (ridiculous in an urban area) but not winter tyres vs Ballabio in Lombardia we needed both! Most people we knew did both as it wasn't very clear what was needed from region to region.Can someone please tell me what the laws are regarding putting winter tyres? We live in Umbria.....someone said we need them (it is a new law) and someone else said we don't...just snow chains.
We are residents not tourists.