spantrout wrote:as i said earlier on the other deleted thread, i regularly drive 60kn on summer (or what I'd call normal) tyres and never had any problems if ur sensible and don't do 100km/hr
don't know if it's compulsory to have them though, chains are not compulsory
if you are driving on "pure" ice, then 6mm or 15mm of tread on your tyres makes no difference really!
We need someone like Gimlet to show us the exact law which I am sure he will.
However, as far as I am concerned, on a 2x4 vehicle it is COMPULSORY to carry them, but not to use them until you get stuck. I seem to recall reading on here somewhere where someone said that the KAT officer not only checked that the driver had the chains in the boot, but that they were of the correct size.
Saying all of that, I've never carried them in the Niva, but I ought to as even my mud and snow tyres won't go through really deep snow. I've had to dig myself out on deserted motorways here in the dark and it is no fun, but that is all covered in another 'long' story. The morale of the story is, carry the snow chains compulsory or not and add a retractable shovel as well.