SnowGecko approved according to new European traction standard and complies with Swiss snow chain regulations
SnowGecko will be a legal alternative to snow chains in all EU member states by latest December 1st, 2020. The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the new European Standard EN16662-1:2020 for supplementary grip devices on May 27th, 2020. AutoSock, the manufacturer of Snowgecko, has been a member of the according CEN work group from the very beginning. Today, after 10 years of dedicated work on this standard, we are proud to announce that AutoSock products are the first worldwide certified according to EN16662-1:2020.
All EU member states must now publish an according national standard until November 30th, 2020 and at the same time remove any conflicting old standards. EU countries that have already implemented EN16662-1:2020 into their national standard scheme include Germany, Austria, UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Croatia and Ireland.
The new standard describes minimum requirements for operational safety, performance and durability of winter traction devices - regardless of the material such traction devices are made of. This means textile traction devices, rubber and metal snow chains will from now on be certified according to the same standard and must meet the same minimum requirements. Find here the brief news from CEN regarding the new standard.
++++ Update: SnowGecko complies with Swiss snow chain regulations ++++
SnowGecko is in compliance with Swiss snow chain regulations. The Swiss Dynamic Test Center AG (DTC) issued an according certificate of conformity KD-0454/20 on 29th September 2020. Together with the certification according to EU standard EN16662-1, this conformity assessment represents a milestone: SnowGecko for passenger cars is officially approved as a snow chain alternative in all Alpine regions and the entire European Union from 1st December 2020.
++++ UPDATE: In order to comply with the new European standard and the Swiss requirements, there must be certain information stated on the packaging of the product: the approval logo of EN16662 and the Swiss "DTC checked" logo. In case these logos are not on your packaging, you can download, print and apply a sticker yourself. Please download your sticker here. ++++