The Alpine Resorts (Management) Regulations outline the
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Penalty: 20 penalty units.
2009-10, one penalty unit was $116.82.
It is compulsory to carry properly-fitting snow chains if
you are driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle from the June to October long weekends on the following roads:
Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River
- the Alpine Way between Thredbo and Tom Groggin
- the Island Bend/Guthega
Road for its full length
Chains may also be required in certain weather conditions on the Alpine Way between
Jindabyne and Thredbo and the Snowy Mountains Highway. Check road conditions before you travel.
For this reason the
RTA recommends that chains be carried during winter along the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo and when travelling
along the Snowy Mountains Highway.
Snow chains should be fitted as directed by authorised NPWS, RTA and Police officers.
vehicles are not required by law to carry snow chains but due to the high incidence of 4WD vehicle accidents in Kosciuszko
National Park, the RTA now recommends they do-especially if drivers have little experience driving in snow/ice risk sections.