Yesterday a new law has been agreed that in Winter anybody caught driving with inappropriate tyres in"winter" weather will get a 40euro fine and 1 point on their license. Anybody caught driving (i.e. with "summer" tyres) in such a manner as to hold up/hinder traffic will occur an 80euro fine plus 1 point.
This is as yet to be included in the StVO (German highway code). A policeman has told me the police are yet to receive confirmation in written form so until then the old rules are in place. They expect it to be in place by 01.12
Hire Cars - Important
A Policeman told me that once in the StVO it is his opinion that all hire cars should come with the appropriate tyres.
I suggest anybody who has booked or intends to book a hire car from Munich airport this winter contact their rental company.
Please Note this is NOT been written into law yet and the issue of Hire cars was the OPINION of one policeman.
It would be interesting the response the hire car firms give re: charging extra for winter tyres when it is likely to be their responsibility and not the renters