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Car hire Verona airport - winter tyres Austria?

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I need to hire a car at Verona airport in Dec and will be driving to Innsbruck via Madonna di Campiglio where I need to pick up my son. The only company I have found so far that will let me do this is Sixt, but they don’t seem to offer winter tyres from Verona. I will have chains but I am concerned that on the Austrian side I may be breaking the law if I don’t have winter tyres. Does anyone know if this is correct?

I may end up making the whole journey by train but this looks a faff and will take considerably longer.


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@Bennyboy1, you will be breaking the law
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I only ever use sixt..
You can specify winter tyres as an extra, they are about 12 euro a day I think.
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my experience of italian car hire is they have zero winterization and its nye on impossible to get winter tyres - you can but it is very very rare and i know plenty of instances of people ordering them to find themselves tosses a set of chains.

we've had some luck with hertz, but that seemed to very much be from a special offer. and NEVER NEVER use a comparason site to book your car always go direct
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@HugoC, this is what I am worried about. I may call Sixt directly.


@holidayloverxx, thanks for confirming.

May have to be the train plus taxi.
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HugoC wrote:
my experience of italian car hire is they have zero winterization and its nye on impossible to get winter tyres - you can but it is very very rare and i know plenty of instances of people ordering them to find themselves tosses a set of chains.

we've had some luck with hertz, but that seemed to very much be from a special offer. and NEVER NEVER use a comparason site to book your car always go direct


This has also been my experience.
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What a pain!
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@Bennyboy1, you will be breaking the law


You will be breaking the law if there are wintry conditions.

When there is snow, slush or ice on the roads, private cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes must be equipped for winter driving conditions with winter tyres fitted on all four wheels. Be aware that as the temperature falls, a road surface that is simply wet can turn into black ice, in which case the winter tyres requirement applies.

If conditions are not wintry, winter tyres are not required by law, but I wouldn’t recommend taking the risk.
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@pam w, yes, not being able to get winter tyres has been one of the main drawbacks of our DIY trips to Italy. It's made us quite picky about choosing low resorts with easy access roads. We've been lucky so far (two trips) but no doubt it will cause issues at some point in the future. Fingers crossed for our next trip!

Snow chains do at least seem to be supplied free of charge by most companies. Obviously not an substitute for winter tyres by any means, but better than nothing.
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Austrian Seagull wrote:
holidayloverxx wrote:
@Bennyboy1, you will be breaking the law


You will be breaking the law if there are wintry conditions.

When there is snow, slush or ice on the roads, private cars and goods vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes must be equipped for winter driving conditions with winter tyres fitted on all four wheels. Be aware that as the temperature falls, a road surface that is simply wet can turn into black ice, in which case the winter tyres requirement applies.

If conditions are not wintry, winter tyres are not required by law, but I wouldn’t recommend taking the risk.


And who decides what is wintery? I always take the law to mean have the winter tyres. The weather could easily change mid journey
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Absolutely, you wouldn’t want to risk it. I was just trying to correct an earlier post. Many people in some parts of Austria don’t bother with winter tyres. The wintry conditions caveat being pertinent.

Ice, snow or slush on the road is a matter of fact and doesn’t require someone to decide.
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Hire in veneto.
Venice or Treviso. It's law there.
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It's law there

What is?
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Sounds unlikely that winter tyres are compulsory in Venice when they're not compulsory into the resorts from Torino.
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They are its veneto law
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I'm not sure about the other areas. They will still try and charge you in veneto but if you refuse, they will be in the boot of the car. Believe me, I've looked in to it and hired there many times
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they will be in the boot of the car

what will? A set of chains, presumably - not winter tyres? It's law on the autostrada north from Torino to have special equipment, but chains will do. But they won't in Austria.
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they will be in the boot of the car

what will? A set of chains, presumably - not winter tyres? It's law on the autostrada north from Torino to have special equipment, but chains will do. But they won't in Austria.
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This interests me too, as I might rent a car to drive from Venice to Alleghe for the pre-Birthday Bash. I'd be OK to just have chains, but obviously would much prefer winter tyres.
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@cameronphillips2000, I think you mean chains - the OP was asking about winter tyres.

We've hired from Bergamo, Treviso and (for 2020) Verona. All three have had snow chains included at no extra cost, but no winter tyres.
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https://www.hertz.it/rentacar/reservation/reviewmodifycancel/templates/rentalTerms.jsp?KEYWORD=CHAINS&EOAG=FCO

Just.dont pay rental for snow.chains. they have to provide them by law. But some.keep.this quite and try and charge

https://www.hertz.it/rentacar/reservation/reviewmodifycancel/templates/rentalTerms.jsp?KEYWORD=CHAINS&EOAG=FCO
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I have no problem with chains, though I would always try them for size before leaving the rental car park!
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I think this clears it up.
Send this link to any car hire agency that refuses to give you chains.

https://www.quattroruote.it/news/rent_a_car/2014/09/04/catene_da_neve_saranno_gratis_per_chi_noleggia.html
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But that's no help to the OP driving to Austria, @cameronphillips2000!
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But that's no help to the OP driving to Austria, @cameronphillips2000!


I can't really see how it can be of more help. Hire a car in one of those regions in Italy and, by law, the have to provide winter tyres and snow chains at no extra cost.

Am I not reading something correctly?
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@cameronphillips2000, I thought the law dictated snow tyres OR chains. Which basically means you get chains, because they cost the company less...

Edit: your link only refers to chains but doesn't mention winter tyres at all.


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No, it's both. You need bothe legally in these regions so the authorities have ensured those.who hire a car are corrected equipped. Check out the link I posted above.
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@cameronphillips2000, I can't see any reference to winter tyres?

And certainly from past experience we've never been able to book winter tyres in Italy, but snow chains have always been included free of charge.
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You get winter tyres where they are a legal requirement in the region.
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@cameronphillips2000, it is NOT a legal requirement to have winter tyres. Your link doesn't suggest it is. I have driven along that road north from Torino several times, I can speak a bit of Italian and the signs, as @denfinella says make it clear that chains OR winter tyres are needed between specified dates.
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No. Winter tyres are compulsory in certain months . It is legal to carry chains.
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Actually, I could be wrong I assumed they had to be winter tyres legally.
Anyway. The the car you hire will be legal for where you drive it. I know chains are a legal requirement in most alpinectegions on Italy.
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Thank you for all the advice. I don’t want to risk the drive at all given lack of winter tyres so have decided to fly to INN and then will drive through the Brenner into Italy and return same day. Weather depending I guess.

Does anyone have a view on how often the Brenner pass gets closed throughout the season? I would assume not too often given it’s a main route for cargo and lorries.
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I also saved 400 pounds hiring at INN rather than Verona with Sixt. Very Happy

Why so expensive in Italy?!
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@Bennyboy1, It would be rare for the Brenner to get blocked, not saying it couldnt happen but very unlikely. I know the Tirol would prefer if they could simply close the road permanently but it is the major north south link between Germany and Italy. There are various roadworks on the northern side and there are often queues at the tolls in Sterzing. Summer holiday weekends the traffic can be very bad but unlikely to be an issue this time of year. You can pay for the Austrian toll at most places where you buy your vignette but probably not worth the faff outside of peak times (oddly you do not need a vignette for the Brenner autobahn itself but there is the toll). It should be a straightforward drive.
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@munich_irish, thanks that’s good to know.
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it is a legal requirement to have winter tyres in Austria between 01/11 and 15/04. these will be included FOC with any rental firm in Austria. Hiring in Italy and driving to Austria is different. Sixt in Italy do allow you to request winter tyres but only from mainland locations and cost around £70 a week. Snow chains are required by law in the northern cities (Milan, Turin etc between 15/10 and 15/04) and as such should be provided FOC, hope this helps.
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Snow chains are required by law in the northern cities (Milan, Turin etc between 15/10 and 15/04)

and more widely - e.g. signs over the motorway north from Turin airport. IIRC the signs say that winter tyres or chains are required at all times across the region.
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