"Tourist Tax" rip off….
That size of tyre is a rarish one *
I had a puncture last week and was quoted £158 for a replacement (same size as yours ), but would need to wait 24 hours.
The chap suggested a different width / height tyre that gave the same overall ,and it was £102 for a pair ( same axle)
In stock ready to go
*They were van rated thoughPosted 7 months ago
We’re on holiday in Les Gets. The car had a puncture, we used compressor and gunk to get going again, but I need a tyre to get home again.Posted 7 months ago
French law says we have to change two tyres.
Does anyone care to guess how much the local garage wanted to charge me for a pair of budget 215 60 r17 tyres today?
Ed – ‘normal’ tyre sizes are indeed metric for the first two numbers, but the wheel size is in inches. That link you posted is an American site.
In the UK there are metric sizes that have the wheel diameter in mm as well, e.g. TD 230/55/ZR390 being 390mm in diameter.
However according to that link the culprits have given up on this idea so that is probably not the case any more.Posted 7 months ago
No, I didn’t read my link. I wasn’t looking for the exception that proves the rule, just something to say that “metric” doesn’t mean measured in metric units in relation to tyres. P-metric and euro-metric both usually refer to diametres in inches. My comment that all tyres are “metric” stands because that’s the way the types of tyre are refered to.Posted 7 months ago
Last time I got a puncture in France I just told the guy it wasn’t a legal requirement for English cars and he was fine just swapping one. It just won’t pass a French mot..
Good point. UK cars can’t be held to the same standards as French cars, otherwise we’d need a French MOT every time we went there.Posted 7 months ago
Not so, Molgrips. Try teliing a German cop on an ice covered Autobahn that you don’t need Winter tyres because they aren’t obligatory in the UK.
Your vehicle has to comply with national regulations. German trucks entering Spain have Guardia waiting with a fine as the German trucks often don’t comply with Spanish regs so they pay a fine and continue.Posted 7 months ago
So if I don’t have two tyres the same on each axle, I’m breaking the law in France?
This is news to me, and also not in any of the literature about all the things you need to drive in France….. I also don’t have a French driving license.
AFAIK the German winter tyre thing is an indirect requirement: the law doens’t specifically state you need winters, but it does say your insurance is effectively invalid if you don’t have them thereby making them mandatory indirectly.Posted 7 months ago
There’s a straightforward law about Winter tyres in Germany:
Der Gesetzestext schreibt vor, dass ein Kraftfahrzeug bei Glatteis, Schneeglätte, Schneematsch, Eis- oder Reifglätte nur mit Reifen gefahren werden darf, welche die in Anhang II Nr. 2.2 der Richtlinie 92/23/EWG beschriebenen Eigenschaften erfüllen.
As for tyres in France the tyres don’t have to have identical wear but close:
Différence d’usure entre deux pneus sur un même essieu
La différence entre la profondeur des rainures principales des deux pneumatiques montés sur un même essieu ne doit pas dépasser 5 mm.
Edit: as for not having a French driving licence, that won’t stop the Gendarmes taking it off you, and the car too if you’re really naugty.Posted 7 months agonickdaviesSubscriber
Yeah, last time I changed one was at the feu vert in chambery and the guy said we’d normally have to do both but you can just have one. Was enough though – recall about 160 a tyre which was probably £40 or so over what I’d have wanted to pay in the uk. Few years ago though so don’t know if any things changed.
As above – how many British cars go over on matched tyres? I know the van I’m out in here now doesn’t.Posted 7 months ago
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