What is a Winterisation Fee?

Posted on December 17, 2011 by . 0 comments

In locations where there is a high chance of snow and ice (for example Chambery and Geneva Airports) many car hire companies will stipulate the inclusion of a winterisation fee.

This fee covers the cost of the vehicle being fitted with (typically) winter tyres and snow chains. In many European countries it is the law that winter tyres must be worn in snowy conditions:

Germany: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
Austria: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
Switzerland: Winter tyres mandatory in winter conditions
France: No laws regarding winter tyres but many car hire companies in ski locations will not release a vehicle without them.