Berlin / Bremen For traffic offenders like speeders, it will in all probability be significantly more expensive this year. This also applies to parking violations, for example. Cyclists and pedestrians should be better protected.
After a long dispute between the federal government and the federal states, the Federal Council wants to decide on changes to the catalog of fines next week, on October 8th. That is evident from the agenda. The lead transport committee recommends that the Federal Council approve the ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Transport.
The chairman of the Conference of Transport Ministers (VMK), Bremen’s Senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), firmly expects approval. In this case, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) still has to sign the ordinance. According to the ordinance, the changes to the catalog of fines will come into force three weeks after the announcement – for “sufficient preparation for practical implementation”.
Schaefer told the German Press Agency that the new regulations and the painful fines are a clear signal to drivers to adhere to speed limits. “We know that excessive speed is the most common cause of accidents. The catalog of fines and road traffic regulations are ultimately traffic-educational measures for mutual consideration. “
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She praised the compromise found in April between the federal government and the federal states as a “real breakthrough”, in which they had agreed on party colors. Before that, there had been a long tussle. Due to a formal error, stricter rules on fines in the new road traffic regulations were suspended last year.
Schaefer said that Scheuer also played a constructive role. “It was a mutual give and take.” The Greens, who originally wanted stricter rules for driving license revocation, jumped over their shadows on this point. Scheuer has shown willingness to compromise on the increase in fines.
These are the specific new regulations in the catalog of fines:
- According to the catalog, drivers who park their vehicle under the general no-stopping or parking ban will in future find a ticket under the windshield wiper of up to 55 euros instead of the previous 15 euros.
- Anyone who drives 16 or 20 kilometers per hour (km / h) too fast in urban areas and is flashed will soon pay 70 euros instead of 35. The faster, the more expensive: drivers who speed through the city at 91 km / h instead of the permitted 50 km / h pay 400 instead of 200 euros if they are caught, and so on.
- If you park unauthorized in a parking space for the disabled, you must expect a fine of 55 instead of the previous 35 euros.
- Anyone who comes up with the idea of parking an officially marked fire brigade access or obstructing an ambulance must expect a fine of 100 euros.
- Brand new: Unauthorized parking in a parking lot for electrically powered vehicles and car sharing vehicles results in a fine of 55 euros.
- Anyone who does not form an emergency lane or even uses one to get around faster with the car must expect a fine of between 200 and 320 euros and a month’s driving ban.
- Truck drivers who violate the newly introduced obligation to only drive the truck at walking pace when turning right in town will be asked to pay 70 euros.
- The illegal use of sidewalks, cycle paths and hard shoulders by vehicles will be punished with a fine of up to 100 euros instead of up to 25 euros.
- Attention Auto-Poser: The fine for causing unnecessary noise and avoidable exhaust emissions as well as annoying useless driving back and forth will be increased from up to 20 euros to up to 100 euros.
From the point of view of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC), the fines provided for stopping on protective lanes, for stopping and parking on cycle lanes, and for not complying with the walking speed of trucks turning right are the measures that can make the greatest contribution to accident prevention.
Overall, the amendment was only a “triple step”, said ADFC spokeswoman Stephanie Krone. “The StVO continues to give privileges to the car and prevents municipalities from quickly redesigning the roads to make them bike-friendly.” That must change for reasons of climate protection and road safety. “Municipalities need the opportunity to create large areas of Tempo 30 and new protected cycle lanes on main roads without bureaucratic hurdles.”
The new federal government must quickly reform the traffic law. “For this to work in the coming legislature, it has to start in the first 100 days,” said Krone.
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