EN 16662-1:2020 a new step for road vehicles safety when driving on snow and ice 

CEN, the European Committee for Standardization, recently released the standard EN 16662-1:2020 ‘Road vehicles - Supplementary grip devices (SGD) for tyres of passenger cars and light duty vehicles - Part 1: General safety and performance requirements’.

For the first time, a European standard defines testing methods to ensure both operational and passenger safety and a minimum quality of performance on snow and ice for all devices, independent of their material and construction. It applies to all types of Supplementary grip devices (SGD - metallic, textile, hybrid), such as snow chains, snow socks or hybrid devices. Requirements of construction, wear, performance and comparison tests on snow and ice will allow the manufacturers to qualify their products and ensure operational safety and best quality to the end user.


This standard represents an important step towards European interoperability for drivers crossing borders under adverse weather conditions, in order to ensure a better safety.

EN 16662 was developed by CEN/TC 301 ‘Road vehicles’, whose Secretariat is held by AFNOR, the French National Standardization Body.

For more information, please contact Marc-Antoine CARREIRA DA CRUZ.