Germany

Country: Germany
Passenger cars below 3.5t - urban roads: 50 km/h
Passenger cars below 3.5t - non-urban roads: 100 km/h
Passenger cars below 3.5t - expressways: 130 km/h recommended
Passenger cars below 3.5t - motorways: 130 km/h recommended
Vehicle registration plates: D
Maximum blood alcohol content - Standard drivers: 0,5 ‰
above 1.1 ‰ is treated as a crime, 0.5-1.0 ‰ the penalty is a fine
Maximum blood alcohol content - Novice drivers: 0,0 ‰
less than 2 years' driving experience and under 21's
Maximum blood alcohol content - Professional drivers: 0,0 ‰
offenders can be sacked
Daytime running lights: -

Seat belts

The use of seat belts and child seats is MANDATORY.

Seat belts are not compulsory for:

  • drivers of taxis or hired passenger cars, on duty
  • delivery vehicles making frequent stops
  • driving at walking pace
  • transport services where standing passengers are allowed
  • operational staff on coaches and buses
  • passengers on buses and coaches who briefly leave their seats

Child seats are not compulsory for:

  • transport services where standing passengers are allowed
  • vehicles where there is no space for a third child seat and the child (over 3) sits in the back seat wearing a seat belt
  • disabled children may be secured with special belts.

Traffic lights

Red light (or flashing amber light) at level crossings (rail/road intersections): you must stop and wait at the crossing sign.

Flashing red arrow at level crossings: you must stop and wait only if intending to turn in the direction of the arrow.

Safety helmet not mandatory

Bicycles

Safety helmet mandatory

Mopeds (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)
Motorcycles with/without a sidecar
Light and heavy tricycles (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)
Light and heavy quadricycles (Not mandatory for vehicles with maximum speed of 20 km/h)

Safety equipment for cars

First aid kit
Warning triangle
Reflective vest

Bike safety equipment

Brakes
Warning bell
Lighting devices

Winter tyres

Mandatory use of winter tyres


last modification: 2015-08-21 10:10:48

Last update: 12/8/2015
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