Bulgarian traffic police will carry out the traditional annual operation “Winter” from November 1 2016, intended to ensure vehicles are ready for the coming season.
Motorists whose cars are found not to be prepared for winter will first be issued with warnings, and if caught again, will be fined.
Traffic police will inspect tyres, lights, windscreen wipers and the overall condition of the vehicles.
In the week to November 8, traffic police will focus on bicyclists and horse-drawn carts, and in the second week, the focus will be on the safety of pedestrians in winter, according to traffic police.
The week after that, the focus will be roadworthiness of vehicles.
In Bulgaria, fitting cars with winter tyres is not compulsory by law, but legislation is being proposed to change this, to make winter tyres mandatory when there are continuously low temperatures, ice and snow.
While winter tyres are not compulsory, Bulgarian road traffic law requires car tyres to have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
(Photo: Michael Hornak)