Snow chains

VicRoads provides the following for information purposes only. All inquiries regarding the regulations included here should be directed to the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).

What are the rules regarding snow chains? 

Snow chains must be fitted when directed by the authorities in the snow fields. 

The Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations 2009 outline the following:
  1. A person in charge of a vehicle who enters an alpine resort must at all times during the snow season, carry wheel chains suitable to be properly fitted to that vehicle.
  2. An authorised officer may, at any time, for reasons of safety or for the control or protection of an alpine resort, direct a person in charge of a vehicle to ensure that wheel chains are properly fitted to the drive wheels of that vehicle or, in the case of four wheel drive vehicle, to either the front or rear wheels of that vehicle. 
  3. A person in charge of a vehicle entering or in an alpine resort during the snow season must, when directed to do so by an authorised officer under sub-regulation (2), ensure that wheel chains are properly fitted to the vehicle in the manner directed by that officer.
Please note, substantial fines apply for not complying with the rules regarding snow chains.

What should drivers do?

Drivers should carry chains at all times and fit them when directed.

More information

For more information on snow safety, including tips for driving in the snow, visit the Snowsafe website (External link)

For information relating to the regulations associated with snow chains, visit the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP) website. (External link)


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