Bulgarian traffic police said on December 4 2012 that they were carrying out checks whether car had winter snow tyres after the first snowfalls saw a number of accidents said to be related to vehicles still using summer tyres.
About half of the cars in Sofia still had summer tyres, traffic police estimated.
The checks were being carried out at exits from major cities and in the approaches to mountain passes.
Up to December 8, traffic police who found cars still had summer tyres would issue cautions but after that would impose the prescribed fine of 80 leva.
On December 4, traffic police in Sofia said that the past 24 hours, which had seen the first snow of the season fall on the capital city after prolonged unseasonally relatively warm weather, there had been six serious and 94 minor vehicle accidents in the city.\
(Photo: Michael Hornak/sxc.hu)
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