German driving laws – fines for speeding, drunk driving, parking violation etc.

German traffic laws for foreigners

german traffic laws for foreigners

German traffic laws for foreigners

Regarding the question, whether Germans are considerate or rather reckless drivers, everyone will have a different answer after a visit to Germany. That is not surprising considering there are after all 43 million registered cars in Germany, whose keepers have very little in common. Therefore, the „German driving style“ can hardly be evaluated, because there is no such thing as „a German driver“, needless to say.

According to a recent survey conducted by an insurance company, 96% of all German drivers consider themselves as „very good“ or at least „quite good“ drivers. Admittedly, the number of traffic deaths is declining every year, but nevertheless, the proportion of traffic deaths in other countries like the UK or the Netherlands is still smaller than in Germany. In spite of that, you can give credit to the Germans that only a sixth of the 43 million car drivers has got so called Punkte in Flensburg (points in Flensburg).

It is recorded on the Flensburger Konto (account in Flensburg), if someone committed traffic violations like speeding. The bigger the hazard caused by the misbehaviour, the more points will be recorded on the account. If a traffic offender has gathered 8 points, he or she must hand in the driving licence permanently.

The points also apply to foreigners

Points for foreigners

Points for foreigners

Under German law, foreigners travelling through Germany are able to collect points in Flensburg as well, if they commit a violation according to the schedule of fines. The rules regarding the points apply to foreigners just like to natives. Additionally to the points, there are further penalties which can be imposed on foreigners.

  • For instance, a fine which is sent as a penalty notice in foreign countries as well. If the recipient does not pay the fine, it will also result in enforcement proceedings – at least in the EU.
  • Furthermore, car drivers who committed certain violations like running a red light may be punished with a temporary driving ban which usually lasts for one to three months.

The German schedule of fines is a unified compilation of all German traffic violations and fines according to German driving laws. In here is also stated which penalties are inflicted for the different violations: which fine is imposed, if there is a driving ban and how long it lasts or how many points in Flensburg are being recorded.

Furthermore, the German law states that criminal offences like drunk driving can already result in the revocation of the driver’s licence – even if the offender has not gathered 8 points on the account in Flensburg yet. A so called MPU is one of the steps to regain the driver’s permit. It is short for Medizinisch-Psychologische Untersuchung (medical-psychological examination) and requires a report which must attest the offender a more careful driving style in the future. It is often not that easy to receive one. As long as this report is not issued, the offender cannot drive a car in Germany with his or her previous driver’s licence.

In this instance, the traffic offender can lose his or her driving permit abroad as well. The EUCARIS (European Car and Driving Licence Information System) has the data of holders of a driver’s licence from many European countries and provides authorities abroad with it. Thus a driving ban can be enforced there. If this really does happen, cannot generally be said; it is also possible that only the violation of „carrying a driving licence“ is punished abroad, while the criminal offence „driving without a driving licence“ does not exist there.

Revocation of a foreign driving permit

German driving laws allow for two different kinds of driving bans in Germany. In the case of a temporary driving ban, the driver’s licence will be revoked as a penalty for a period of up to three months. Afterwards, the holder reacquires it. This procedure is also legitimate with a foreign driver’s permit.

Even if someone is in Germany for just a short time – as a tourist for example – and is punished with a driving ban, the traffic offender cannot unmake it by leaving Germany without complying with the penalty, because the offender can be charged with driving without a licence upon re-entry into Germany, if the person is driving a car. This is a criminal offence by German law which is punished with a fine or even a prison sentence of up to one year.

A permanent driving ban for the holder of a foreign driver’s licence is regulated by section 69b in the StGB (German criminal code). It states that the preliminary permission to operate a vehicle in Germany with a foreign driving permit is revoked with the driving ban. Furthermore, it is not possible to get a German driving licence within a retention period set by the authorities.

If the offender is from an EU country, his or her seized driver’s permit will be sent to the appropriate authority there. In some cases, it might be sent to the home address of the offender. If not, the ban will be noted on the licence itself – it will not be valid anymore in Germany. Someone who drives a car in spite of that, commits a criminal offence: driving without a licence will not be treated as a traffic violation according to the schedule of fines, but as a offence as per German law. That means it will be taken to court. Needless to say, you cannot drive without a licence abroad as well, but the legal consequences differ from country to country.

Do I need a German driving licence?

German driving licence

German driving licence

Someone who is staying in Germany for extended periods of time and is driving a car there may want to get a German driving licence. According to German driving laws, this is not necessary in most cases, though! The foreign driver’s licence is valid in Germany in the first few months, especially if you are from an EU country. You should check the age limits for the different kinds of licences in Germany. A driver’s licence class C1 and C1E is only valid in Germany until the holder is 50 years old, otherwise such a licence is invalid.

Drivers from one of the member states of the EU or a contractual state of the European Economy Area (EEA) will have less problems having their foreign driver’s permit validated in Germany. Here, a translation of the driver’s permit into German is not necessary. A driver’s licence acquired and issued in such a country will still be valid, if the holder registers a new place of residence in Germany as per German law.

But heads up: the termination date of the driving permit remains valid! Possibly, you have to request an extension at the German authorities. Since the processing will take some time, you should contact the authorities opportunely. You will receive the German documents together with the extension of your driver’s licence, provided that your registered residence is in Germany and you spend there at least 185 days a year.

Driving permits from non-EU countries

So a driver’s licence which was issued within the EU is usually applicable in Germany without any problems. If you have a foreign driver’s permit, though, which was not issued in a EU country nor an EEA country, we strongly advise you to get professional consulting at your local admissions office. According to German driving laws, your current driver’s licence will be valid for the first six months you have registered a German residency, then it will expire. You will have to apply for a German driving licence in due time.

The regulations for acquiring the German driving licence depend on the country the original driver’s licence was issued in. You can find out the regulations for your country at your local driving licence office. Provided that you are not staying longer than a year in Germany, you can get a special permit there; thereby you do not have to get a new licence. This special permit must be recorded in your documents; otherwise you might get into problems at a traffic check.

Speed limits in Germany

Speeding fines in Germany

Speeding fines in Germany

Germany has a speed limit of 50 km/h within built-up areas and 100 km/h outside built-up areas like most European countries. On the other hand, there is no speed limit on the German Autobahn (motorways) – just a recommended speed of 130 km/h. Car drivers have to drive accordingly to the weather conditions. For instance, ice and snow make it necessary for drivers to drive slower. Consistently, there are heated discussions on establishing a speed limit on the German Autobahn as well. Up to now, this is not the case though.

However, there are traffic signs indicating a speed limit at many street sections. Drivers who are speeding in Germany may be caught by a speed trap. The driver must be recognizable on the photo which is automatically taken by the radar trap, since the driver is liable for most violations in Germany in contrast to other countries. Therefore, the registered keeper of the vehicle does not always receive the penalty notice, but it must be undoubtedly clarified on the basis of the photographic evidence that the suspected person was in fact driving. Overall, the German speeding fines are rather small compared to other European countries.

The following table contains some violations against German driving laws along with the related points. The table also shows which fines are inflicted and if a driving ban is imposed.

German speeding fines

Out of townFinePointsDriving ban
…1 - 10 km/h€ 10
…11 - 15 km/h€ 20
…16 - 20 km/h€ 30
…21 - 25 km/h€ 701
…26 - 30 km/h€ 801
…31 - 40 km/h€ 1201
…41 - 50 km/h€ 16021 month
…51 - 60 km/h€ 24021 month
…61 - 70 km/h€ 44022 months
> 70 km/h€ 60023 months

In townFinePointsDriving ban
…1 - 10 km/h€ 15
…11 - 15 km/h€ 25
…16 - 20 km/h€ 35
…21 - 25 km/h€ 801
…26 - 30 km/h€ 1001
…31 - 40 km/h€ 16021 month
…41 - 50 km/h€ 20021 month
…51 - 60 km/h€ 28022 months
…61 - 70 km/h€ 48023 months
> 70 km/h€ 68023 months

Parking violations

Parking violations

Parking violations

Many tourists do not know the regulations when it comes to parking in Germany. That is not surprising, since there are a lot of rules to follow: it is stated in the StVO (German driving laws) that it is forbidden to park 5 m in front of crossovers or side roads. Lowered kerbs are also off-limits. Moreover, drivers are supposed to park in a space-saving way and must not park in front of a drive, bus stop signs or on manhole covers. Overall, parking is not allowed in a lot of places pursuant to German driving laws. If these regulations are violated, the driver will get a parking ticket. Parking is permitted at places with a blue traffic sign with a white „P“ on it. Sometimes you will have to get a pay and display ticket first, though.

Safety regulations in the car

It is advisable to equip your car according to the safety regulations before driving in Germany. It can be inspected at a traffic check, if you have

  • a reflective vest
  • a first aid kid
  • a warning triangle

in your car. This equipment is obligatory in Germany just like in most EU countries. Furthermore, the condition of the tyres is sometimes checked. The minimum tread depth in Germany is 1.6 mm as per German law; it also is mandatory to have winter tyres, if the weather conditions dictate it.

There is a seatbelt requirement in Germany: all passengers must wear a seatbelt while driving. By the way, this also applies to coaches!

Passengers of full age are punished with a fine of € 30, if they did not wear a seatbelt in a moving car. In accordance with German driving laws children smaller than 150 cm have to be double secured: with a seatbelt and a child’s seat. As soon as one of the obligatory safety measures is violated, a fine of € 30 is inflicted. If a child is detected with no safety device whatsoever, the driver will have to pay a fine of € 60 and will get a point in Flensburg. If several children are not secured at all, the fine will increase to € 70.

Drunk driving and drug driving

drunk driving

Drunk driving

It is undisputable that the consumption of drugs and alcohol limits the ability to respond. Therefore, the risk to get into a car accident increases enormously. This way, you not only endanger yourself, but also other road and transport users.

The German alcohol laws and the German drug laws are very strict, thus the punishment for drunk driving or drug driving is particularly harsh. The fines go from € 500 to € 1500. Additionally, long driving bans are imposed and multiple points.

A driver who is caught with 1.1 mg/ml even commits a criminal offence and is taken to court. A car driver who is at least 21 years old and has his or her driver’s licence for at least 2 years has a legal alcohol limit of 0.5 mg/ml. There is no traffic violation existent up to this limit, as long as the driving style is not suspicious or endangers others. Adolescents under 21 have a legal limit of 0.0 mg/ml: they are not allowed to drink any alcohol, if they want to operate a vehicle afterwards.

The use of marijuana is also prohibited by law in Germany. Therefore, drug driving can not only result in prosecution, but a driving ban as well.

Fines for cyclists and pedestrians

Most of the violations mentioned in the schedule of fines refer to drivers of power-driven vehicles. Pursuant to German driving laws, pedestrians and drivers of non-motorised vehicles can receive a penalty notice as well, though. Cyclists whose bike is not equipped with the proper lighting have to pay a fine of up to € 25. Pedestrians have to pay a warning fine of € 5, if they cross against the red light. Cyclists get a point and a fine of € 60 for this violation. Helmets are not mandatory for cyclists in Germany. By the way, a ride with the bike with over 1.6 mg/ml or a suspicious driving style with at least 0.3 mg/ml can already lead to a criminal charge! Additionally, the offender gets 3 points.

German driving laws are only slightly different to the regulations in other countries, since all sets of rules like the StVO are intended for the same thing: increase traffic safety so most accidents can be prevented. Car drivers who are on the road in Germany can only do little wrong, as long as they stick to the prescribed guidelines in section 1 of the StVO: All road and transport users are urged to be considerate of others and drive carefully at all times. Everyone who takes these principles to heart will have no problems while driving in Germany or elsewhere.

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754 Kommentare

  1. Quiendel t. sagt:

    how can I prove that the person in the photo was not me driving ?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Quiendel,

      I’m sorry, but we are not allowed to provide a free legal consultation. A lawyer can anser all your questions.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

      • Cvetko sagt:

        Dear sir or madam

        How much should i be charged to leave the car in privat parking place

        • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

          Hello Cvetko,

          the official fines only apply to public parking spaces. If you have parked in a private parking lot which is supervised by a private company, the fine will be fixed by the company. The fine can be twice as high as the official fine at the maximum.

          The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  2. tolias sagt:

    hello

    I leave in England and i was driving on motorway close to Stuttgart,and i was sure was not speed limit at that point.my speed was 165 km/h and the police stop me and told me the limit is 100 km/h.The told me or to pay the penalty at this moment it was 665 Euros,(with not to tell me that i will be ban for 2 months)or to go to court late.I did pay the penalty as to avoid all this troubles,now i have a letter to say that i have to send my driving licence for 2 months ban,and i found out that the speeding fine for 61-70 km/h out of town is 440 Euros.have i to send my driving licence? had i to pay 665 Euros or 440 ?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Tolias,

      you payed a bail. The money you payed to much you will get back. You should send your licence. They will mark it with the information, that there is a driving ban for germany.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

      • Lisa sagt:

        I am Canadian with rental car and driving for 3 days in Germany between Berlin and Munich. I have been given two invoices from rental agency for (apparently) 2 different traffic violations for which the rental company charged me twice for „administration“ – sending my info to German traffic ticketing agency. First, why did I get charged twice for the same service (passing a renter info along) and how can I find out what the infractions were. Second, as far as I remember I was mostly following along with traffic in the middle lane – unless all traffic shifted left- and was frequently in construction zones travelling quite slowly; how can I been penalized for speeding (GPS on rental car is not beeping or indicating any issue with speeding violation?) or some other traffic violation that I am not familiar with? It is not good visitor relations to send tickets after the fact for non-native folks who cannot defend their driving under what would seem to be normal situations. If there are particulars that visitors need to know then the agency renting should point out these things so we are not surprised by their own or other violation related charges. I passed police on roads many times and expected that if I am behaving outside the law, they would stop me? Where can I research my options for fighting these fines?

        • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

          Hello Lisa,

          foreign travellers must expect to get the same fines as german drivers. It is quite possible, that the speeding fine relates to speeding in a construction zone, as most GPS don’t incorporate them. If you want to fight against the fines and/or the behavior of the rental company, you should consult a lawyer which can advise you and show you your options.

          The editorail staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

          • Yvonne sagt:

            Hi,

            I visited Germany in 2014 and received a letter from the rental company (Avis) saying that I got charged a handling fee because of the speeding and enclosed a picture of me driving behind the wheels.

            I didn’t receive anything else other than the invoice from the rental company. so I assumed that the rental company paid the fine already?

            If not, how do I pay the fine? Is there a website that I can go and pay by Credit card?
            Also because it is aged (issued 2014), what is the consequence of that? Is there a number I can call to find out?

            Thank you for your help in advance!

            Best,
            Yvonne

          • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

            Hello Yvonne,

            you could call the rental company ans ask for further information on the ticket. They should be able to tell you which authorities you can contact.

            The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  3. Marko sagt:

    Hello,
    so, i today drove straight through red light.
    but , this wasn’t “regular“ traffic light. it is on exit of sports arena and usually works maybe 5 times a month, for a brief period of time.
    by the time i saw it, there was no safe way to stop. i am not sure for how long it was on when i drove.
    i drive this street every day, it’s on my way from work,and this was first time i didn’t manage to stop.
    i was within speed limit, and didn’t endanger any other car.
    what can happen? i would like to point out, i do need my driving’s licence for work.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hallo Marko,

      did you get flashed? If yes it could mean a driving ban for one month.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

      • Marko sagt:

        no, i don’t think i got flashed..
        didn’t see any flash, didn’t see any stationary blitzer.
        this traffic light also doesn’t have that litle camera on top of it.

        • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

          Hello Marko,

          if your violation was not recorded or if you have not been flashed, you should not have to worry.

          The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  4. walker sagt:

    Hello I received a speeding violation and they have taken my license to mark it with something that says I may not drive in Germany for a number of months. Still not sure exactly how long. it’s been a week and a half and I have not gotten my license back. How long does this usually take?

  5. Gavrilo sagt:

    I got a letter form my rental company that I have violated some low. It does not say which one.
    I have something like a reference number, but is there a way to check that?
    I want to know where, when and what low did I break? Is that possible?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Gavrilo,

      you can check which law you broke by cheking the number on the official „Bußgeldkatalog“ – alternatively you can post the number here to check it.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  6. NEELY C sagt:

    We just received a speeding ticket. It was addressed to me but had a picture of my wife behind the wheel. We were going
    124kph in a 100kph zone. It did not specify an amount for the fine and the whole letter was in German. How much is the fine going to be?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Neely,

      what you received is most probably a so-called „Anhörungsbogen“ or „Zeugenfragebogen“. Those are usually sent before the official speeding ticket. Their main purpose is to give you a chance to portray the incident from your side, but that step is voluntary. You need to fill in the data of the person who was driving and you have to send it back in a time of two weeks. After that, you should receive the official speeding ticket within a short while. The fine should be around 70 Euro.

      The team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  7. Mo.. sagt:

    I got into a red traffic light which I crossed obviously by mistake today as it was yellow although i guess it was too late (in Frankfurt),and I just translated my Egyptian license which I had 16 years ago into the German one and I got it 2 months ago,so please would you tell me what can happen? and am I still considered as a beginner to attend this seminars I heard about ? thank you

  8. Stacy sagt:

    I just moved from Seattle to Germany and still am driving with my American license, two weeks ago I got a ticket saying I was going 75 in a 50 zone, whhat will happen? And I going to be able to still get a German licence after this violation?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Stacy,

      you will have to pay a fine of 80 € and you will get one point in Flensburg. Normally there should not be any problems regarding your German licence.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  9. Baris sagt:

    How can i pay penalty?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Baris,

      you have to pay via bank transfer. You will find the information on the penalty notice.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  10. milo sagt:

    hi
    I was driving rental car and got flashed
    it was 2nd or 3rd town after I left motorway
    I was driving around 100km/h as I was fooled by the thing there are no speed limits signs
    only later I realised that town area is marked by yellow sign with town name and that’s it – no usuall white red sign with numbers

    it was my frist day after coming to visit Germany
    how the procedure looks like for holder of other EU state in rented car?

    is there any way of appealing the fine?

    thanks
    Milo

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello milo,

      the table above shows which fines are inflicted and if a driving ban is imposed. If you have driven a rented car, the German authorities will first contact the . They will give the authorities your contact information and then the authorities will contact you. When you receive the speeding ticket, you can raise an objection.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  11. Sean sagt:

    I am in the military. How does say the 1 month driving ban work?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Sean,

      if you get a driving ban, you will have to send your license to the nearest police-station within four month. They will send it back to you after the month is over.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  12. Bill sagt:

    Hello, I have a German driving license and Germany registered car.

    I just received a letter from Brandenburg Polizei, it says I was travelling 129 in a 100 zone.

    There was a Benutzername & Passwort in the letter, which I used to login to the Police website.

    I saw the photos etc, provided my details and confirmed I was the driver at the time.

    In the comments I asked them what to do because I can’t find any fine amount to pay.

    What will happen, what should I do now?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Bill,

      you will probably recieve a „Bußgeldbescheid“ in which the amount of the fine and all the details for the payment will be explained.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  13. Jamie sagt:

    Hi, I live and work in Germany as LKW fahre.
    I found myself on a street where it was okay to drive to a fuel station but for LKW no further.
    The fuel station was too small to enter so had no choice but to go on. I was flashed by a camera I wasn’t spreading but obviously broke the ban.
    Will I lose my license because of this

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Jamie,

      if you have used a street which you should not have used driving a truck, you will most likely have to pay a fine. Under normal circumstances you will not lose your license.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  14. Rein sagt:

    Hello
    I was told by the police that my driving licence which the police kept, will be sent to my home address not anywhere else, so
    whats on this page is not entirely sure.

  15. Eric sagt:

    Hello guys,
    Do you know if somebody has some points in his international driving license, and after a while he applies for a German driving license, the points will be transferred?
    Thanks

  16. Ramez H. sagt:

    Hello,

    I’m an Egyptian citizen with an Egyptian international driving permit, but live in the UK (EU residence)
    in September 2016 I was caught drink driving in Germany (just over the limit), they made me pay 400 euros on the spot and took my driving permit and was let to go.
    After nearly 3-4 months i got back my egyptian driving permit with a german driving ban on it, and was notified that i will be getting a fine in the next two weeks. (all the letters are sent to me in the UK)
    after nearly 11 months from the incident i received an invoice for the fine totalling 2200 euros after deducting the 400 euros i payed on the spot.
    my question is 1)will this affect me in the UK (as i just got a UK driving licence), or only my egyptian driving permit?
    2) i dont have all the money, is there an option for instalments?
    3) is it normal to be fined after 11 months of the incident?
    thank you so much

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Ramez,

      usually a violation will only have ramifications in Germany. In many cases, you can ask for deferred payment. But we do not know if this applies to citizens of other countries. Concerning your third question you should ask a lawyer for advice.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  17. Andreju sagt:

    hello i can ask if i drive aftaban zone 80 i drive 160 my driver licens going end i kent take beck or its posibel take back .. can sambody help..

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Andreju,

      you will get a driving ban which will last three months. During this time you will not be allowed to drive in Germany.

      The editotial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  18. Andreju sagt:

    have much need points germany for drive licens going ..

  19. Bennett C. sagt:

    Got a driving ticket in Heidelberg. The ticket states I can send a cheque. Really — from the U.S.A.? Or is it a Euro Cheque?

  20. Ricky sagt:

    SO i have been flashed 3 times (small fines like 15-20 euros) in the above article, it states that these fines usually occur with no points lost. Can multiple small fines lead to points being taken?

    Thank you,

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Ricky,

      this is indeed possible, but the decision has to be made by the authorities.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

      • Nilo sagt:

        Is there any praxis around this?

        Ive gathered a few (6-7) 10-30 eur tickets now and as far as i understand this has no other effect than some money spent in speed tax ?

  21. Chris sagt:

    I got flashed in Hamburg today doing approx 70kmh in a 50 zone
    I’m guessing a Eur35 fine…….how long does it normally take for the process?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Chris,

      it can take some weeks until you will get a notification. How long it will actually take depends on various factors. Because of that we cannot give you a concrete answer.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  22. Peter L. sagt:

    Hello,

    Is there any way to check if the rental car I am driving has been issued with a speeding fine ?
    Is there a website where I can enter the licence plate number to see if there is a fine pending and that I can pay prior to receiving notification from the rental car company ?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Peter,

      as far as we know there is no way to acquire the information beforehand.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  23. Marsh sagt:

    Hello,
    U.K. Car number plate passing through Germany (Hanover) A2 autobahn got flash camara 12 kph more than normal spead
    I’m not sure A2 normal spread is 120 kph or 100 kph?
    You guys re making money from motorist there’s no clear sigh about camara or reduce spead working

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Marsh,

      there is no constant speed limit on the A2. It varies from place to place. In Germany the authorities do not have to inform you about a speed control in advance.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  24. George S sagt:

    Hello,

    I was travelling back to the UK and just before we left Germany on the motorway to enter Belgium the speed limit changed from 100km to 60km due to road works and I was flashed by a speed camera (it would appear that many cars were caught out by this quick change). Do you know what will happen in this case?

    Thanks

  25. John sagt:

    Hi,
    Can you please advise?
    I got a letter form my rental company that I have broken some low. It does not say which one.
    Traffic Charge […]
    Can you please advise which law and cost of the fine…?
    Thank you.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello John,

      we do not have any idea, which Ordnungswidrigkeit it could be. There is no such number given in the German Bußgeldkatalog.

      Sincerely Yours,
      the editorial department

  26. iVO sagt:

    Hi and thanks in advance for helping me. I was catch high
    (cannabis) by police officer while driving rent a car. It is my first violation on German land. I’ve got a letter which says that I have 2 weeks to make an appeal. But it also says that I have to Sign the form and send it back with my driving license. Than I’ll get my fine. The problem is that I took exam for one more category and my driving license is in my born country for switching with the new one. I’ll get it after the deadline I have to appeal. What should I do in this situation and is there a way to lower the fine by appeal. The letter says also: Dise Werte lassen darauf schliessen, dass Sie mindestens gelegentlich Cannabis konsumieren und die Einnahme dieses Stoffes nicht vom Fahren trenen konnen.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello iVO,

      it seems, police will confiscate yor license until your case is finally closed. Afterwards it is possible, that your drivers license will be withdrawn for at least six months. Please contact an attorney to get proper advice. We are not allowed to give any juridical advice.

      Sincerely Yours,
      the editorial department

  27. Markus sagt:

    Is there 28,50 eur handling costs for each separate traffic offence?
    I got 60 + 28,50 fine = 88,50 eur
    In addition, I may be getting two (1-10 km/h in-town) fines soon.

    So, can it be 3 x 28,50 = 85,50 eur handling fees alone!!???
    When the fines themselves would be 60+15+15 = 90 eur
    Such handling costs would practically dublicate the fine. I hope that’s not happening.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Markus,

      unfortunately, this will probably be the case. Usually, you always get the handling costs and the costs for the postal delivery in addition to your fine.

      The team of bussgeldkatalog.org

  28. Saqib B. sagt:

    Hallo,
    My Friend from UK came in Germany and drived in red light i recieved a letter with 158€ strafe and 1 point.. when i write his information then what will happend next? Police will come to my home for asking about him? Or they will write him letter for point or they’ll took his licence?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Saqib,

      the authorities will rpobably send a letter to your friend so that he can pay the fine.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  29. Muntaqa sagt:

    Hello.

    Pressured by a medical pain, I mistakenly crossed a red light as a pedestrian. Paid a warning fine as stipulated by the law. My worry is, any further penalty or am safe after that?
    Thank you.

  30. Noel M. sagt:

    I just got an invoice from Europcar for a processing fee about a traffic violation while I was in Germany early June 2017 (3 months ago). They mention „the responsible authority will therefore contact you and give you the opportunity to respond to the accusation of the violation.“ I believe this is in relation to speeding inside a city limit (I remember seeing a flash but didn’t know what it was).

    Is there a way I can be proactive with this? Can I contact someone to discuss or just find out what the fine is for and how much? My biggest fear is that I will be landed with late fees and how I can pay the fine. Or worse that my license will be marked as bad in Germany ( I have a brother there so I plan to visit at some stage in the future).

    I would appreciate any help or advice you can provide.

    Thanks,
    Noel M.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Noel,

      sadly, there is no way for you to do anything until you receive a letter from the authorities.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  31. vimple sagt:

    Hi I have received speed =redlight fine when i was in Germany,kindly help how to pay it

  32. Vijay sagt:

    Hi, Is there any Website or Office or anything where I can find how many Points I have in my license and when the Points will expire?

  33. Sébastien sagt:

    Hello,

    If you get a blitz for speeding in Germany as an EU-foreigner, how long after should you expect the speeding ticket to reach your home country?

    Thanks in advance and regards,
    S.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Sébastien,

      in Germany the period of prescription usually is three months. In some cases it can be extended to up to six months.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  34. Matt sagt:

    Hello,

    I was recently in Germany and received 4 violations over a month. All of them but one were for 10 kph or less, so the fines were between 10 and 15 euros. The final one didn’t have an amount on it, and now I can’t go into the online portal to confirm my side of things for any of the tickets. What can I do to pay these fines? Will there be a late fee?

    Thank you.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Matt,

      you should contact the authorities. The letter should contain all the required information. They can tell you what to do.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  35. Louisa sagt:

    The traffic lights were not working properly.There was a green light and the the light went blank but no other light and I was flashed as I went through. I received a letter asking if I went through the red light.When do I explain about the broken light. I wrote to the police when I arrived home and the light was fixed the next day.I plan to challenge in court if I will lose my licenses for a month.

  36. Roberto sagt:

    Hi,

    my wife was flashed in a speed radar when driving a German car during vacation in France (she was driving at 103 kph for a speed limit of 90 kph). I received a letter from France authorities with a fine of 45€ in my name (that is because the car is registered in my name).

    Two questions:
    1) Besides of paying the fine, does this infraction brings points to the driving license?
    2) In that case, how can I advise the authorities that she was driving the car, not me?

    By the way, my driving license is German, her driving license is French. Does that change anything relating to the points?

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Roberto,

      you will only get points if the violation took place in Germany. Your wife would get points according to the French system if she admitted the violation.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  37. Mehroon G. sagt:

    Hello,
    I have received a letter from Bayerische Police that I have driven the car at 51km/h while the speed limit was 40km/h in a tunnel in Munich and charged me 25 euro for this offence. Which means my speed was 11km/h high than the speed limit.I have get my driving licence in Jan. 2017 and still in probation period.
    Can you please tell me that if I have to pay only these 25 euro or there would be any further action against me like points in Flensburg or extension in probation period.

    Furthermore I am not sure if I have violate the law because I always check the speed meter and drive the car below the speed limit. They don’t have send me photo of the driver when it happens but they have mentioned on the paper that they have photo as evidence.
    I am thinking that I pay the fine and mention in the form that i was not the driver when it happens.
    Please guide what should I do ?

    Best Regards
    Mehroon G.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Mehroon,

      if you pay the fine, you acknowledge that you have commited the offense. If you are sure that you are not the driver, you can object to the accusations. There will not be an extension of the probation period and no points in Flensburg.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  38. Mick sagt:

    My friend was driving my car and was photographed. What happens now I was not in the car at the time, who is responsible for the fine? There is a photo but it only shows partial chin not the whole face of the driver. How do I dispute the whole issue.
    Thanks

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Mick,

      in Germany only the actual driver has to pay the fine. You can tell the authotities about the actual driver. If the driver cannot be identified because the photo is of a poor quality, the penalty notice might be invalid. In this case you can object.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  39. Natalija sagt:

    Hi, can you please tell me how much is the fine if I was caught driving with non eu driving licence after six months, thanks

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Natalija,

      in this case you were driving without a driving permit. This is a criminal offence. You will have to pay a financial penalty or there will be a prison term.

      The editotial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  40. Jane sagt:

    Please can you tell me what the following traffic charge is: 5655368819

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Jane,

      I’m sorry but this number cannot be found in the German schedule of fines.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  41. ben sagt:

    I have an unpaid speeding fine and 1 month ban from a trip to Germany five years ago.
    Am I banned from driving until it is paid? I’ve successfully avoided paying so far, but don’t want to be driving whilst banned if I come back.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Ben,

      after three years the judgment cannot be enforced anymore, so you do not have to pay the fine.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  42. Raj sagt:

    Hi

    I got 2 penalties (20 and 30 Euro in June 2017 For over-speeding and my rental car company told me that I will revive an official documents from the German traffic authority at my overseas address, but 3 months still I have not received anything. I got a call from the traffic authority two weeks ago and they informed me that I will receive the documents via email, but nothing till now.

    I called the number they provided me and they informed me that the case is closed and now the German Court will contact me for further proceedings.

    Can you please inform me how will it work from here.

    Thanks,
    Raj

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Raj,

      if you live in the EU, under certain circumstances the fine can be enforced in your home country. For that to be possible the fine has to be 70 Euro or higher.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  43. Janus sagt:

    Hi can somebody help me please with the ticket fine I received from Germany the motorway was 100 . And is showing that I was driving 141 and I don’t know what should I do thi is no account number to pay and what will happen with my license

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Janus,

      normally you should find the contact information on the ticket. A driving ban will only be in force in Germany. German authorities are not allowed to seize your license, but they can put a sticker on your license which states that you are not allowed to drive in Germany for a certain amount of time.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  44. Kevin sagt:

    Hello,

    I am from the UK and was driving my friends car(who lives in Germany). A letter got sent through my friends door to let me know I got caught doing 131km/h in a 100km/h zone. It is my face in the picture. Can you tell me what kind of penalty I should expect to receive?

  45. K. sagt:

    I think I have been in a speeding violation several times over the past month. It`s my first month of driving in germany. How long does it usually take for the bill not to come yet?

    I am not familiar with German traffic information because I am a foreigner.

    Is there room to appeal against penalties such as fines or ban on driving license?

    In my job, I need a car. Can I get fined instead of driving license suspension?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello K.,

      if you want to drive in a different country, you should learn about the rules beforehand. In most cases it can take up to three months until you will be contacted by the authorities. You can object against the sanctions, but this will only be successful if you have compelling evidence. There is the possibility of changing a driving ban into a higher fine, but only in certain cases. This is only possible if it is your first traffic violation and if you would lose your job without a license.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  46. Sharlen S. sagt:

    Hello!

    Do you know what happens to your car insurance rates if you get points due to speeding?

    Thanks 🙂

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Sharlen,

      in Germany the points do not have an influence on the car insurance rates.

      The editorial staff of bussgeldkatalog.org

  47. Ioan sagt:

    BAB 3, Km 48.050, Gem. Neustandt/Wied,FR Koln. the following traffic offence pursuant to ss24/ ss24a/ 24c StVG. Exceeding the speed limit within/outside a built-up area/on a motorwayor motor road by29 km, speed limit 100 km. NaviSite did not indicate the speed restriction to 100 km per hour. I was passing a car which entered the second lane instantly, leaving a truck to overcome the lane 1 in the second. There was no time to hold back, had to accelerate to get the emergency lane.What penalties can receive for this offense ?

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hallo Ioan,

      you will probably receive a ticket for speeding, which should be around 80 Euro plus one point in Flensburg.

      The team from bussgeldkatalog.org

  48. Vikky sagt:

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My friend was caught riding his bicycle without light in Dresden. Officials caught him and checked his residence permit in their laptop. They said 20 euros fine. But then, he apologised and told the officials he would trail his cycle with him to the destination. The officials did not neither get a signature nor money. Will they send him a letter indicating fine? I have this query because they did not get any signature from him. Or should it only be a on spot fine? Kindly let me know and thanks in advance.

    • bussgeldkatalog.org sagt:

      Hello Vikky,

      yes, your friend will probably receive a fine via mail, because he did not pay on that day. Since they checked his residence, the officials should have the data they need. If he should not hear anything in three months, the whole thing usually becomes obsolete.

      The team from bussgeldkatalog.org

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