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Germany Traffic Fines

Germany traffic fines

You probably do not intend to, but what if you do violate the traffic rules in Germany? How much do you have to pay?

These amounts are indications and may in practice be higher or lower, depending on the circumstances in which the traffic violation was committed.

Penalty for exceeding speed: within the city limits

up to 10 km / h: € 15.
11-15 km / h: € 25.
16-20 km / h: € 35.
21-25 km / h: € 80.
26-30 km / h: € 100.
31-40 km / h: € 160.
41-50 km / h: € 200.
51-60 km / h: € 280.
61-70 km / h: € 480.
more than 70 km / h: € 680.

From 21 km / h 1 to 2 penalty points are imposed and from 26 km / h a driving ban can be imposed from 1 to 3 months.

Penalty for exceeding speed outside the city limits

up to 10 km / h: € 10.
11-15 km / h: € 20.
16-20 km / h: € 30.
21-25 km / h: € 70.
26-30 km / h: € 80.
31-40 km / h: € 120.
41-50 km / h: € 160.
51-60 km / h: € 240.
61-70 km / h: € 440.
more than 70 km / h: € 600.
From 21 km / h 1 to 2 penalty points are imposed and from 26 km / h a driving ban can be imposed.

Driveing through red light

€ 90-320 + 1 to 2 penalty points.
In case of recklessness: also 1 month driving ban.

Violation of overtaking prohibition

€ 30-250 + 1 to 2 penalty points.
In case of recklessness: also 1 month driving ban.

Cross the crossed line

€ 75-250.
In case of recklessness: also 1 month driving ban.

Parking violation

€ 10-35 and possibly towing costs.

Do not give priority

€ 15-120.

Driving without a seat belt

Adult: € 30
Child: € 60 + 1 penalty point.

Use mobile phone while driving

€ 100-250 + 1 penalty point.
€ 55 (on the bike).

Use and own antiradar or speed camera signaling

From € 75. Equipment is confiscated.

Driving under the influence

  • Allowed up to 0.5 ‰, but if you are unable to drive a car with a lower permillage, you can also be punishable.
  • From 0.5 ‰ to 1.09 ‰: € 500 and a driving ban of 1 month.
  • More than 1.1 ‰: criminal case (fine or imprisonment).
  • In addition, a driving disqualification can be imposed.
  • Taking part in traffic under the influence of drugs: € 500.

Violation environmental zone

Driving in an environmental zone (Umweltzone) without a valid sticker: € 80.

Insufficient distance

From € 25 + 1 to 2 penalty points + possibly a driving ban.

Driving without winter tires in winter conditions

From € 60.

Driving with inadequate speed in bad weather conditions

For example, in case of snowfall or poor visibility.
From € 100.

Driving without (dim) light in bad weather conditions

For example in snow and poor visibility. Outside the built-up area.
From € 60.

Penalty settlement

  • For simple violations, a Verwarnung (fine) is imposed. The fine is a maximum of € 55.
  • The fine must be paid on the spot or within a week. If a payment is not made or paid late, a Bußgeld procedure will follow.
  • Payment of the Verwarnung means that no objection / appeal can be lodged.
  • If there is a traffic offense (for example, injury or death as a result of a traffic accident), criminal proceedings will follow.

Bußgeld procedure

In case of a more serious offense (fine higher than € 55) you will not receive a Verwarnung but will follow a Bußgeld procedure. A Bußgeldbescheid (decision) with an Anhörungsbogen or a Zeugenfragenbogen (questionnaire) is then issued or sent home.

Points driver’s license

  • Germany has a penalty point system that also applies to foreigners.Only 1 to 3 penalty points are awarded for traffic violations with a fine starting at € 60 or traffic offenses.
  • If a driving disqualification or driving ban is imposed on the basis of this system, this only applies in Germany.

Deposit

  • In case of non-direct payment of the Verwarnungsgeld, for example because an appeal is made, a Sicherheitsleistung (deposit) must be paid. This corresponds to the expected penalty plus costs.
  • If a driving disqualification or driving ban is imposed on the basis of this system, this only applies in Germany.

Liability

In Germany, the driver is liable and responsible for paying the fine. If it is unclear who the driver has been, the license holder will be sent a Sow Fragenbogen (form) home.

Arrest

In the event of an arrest, for example after a traffic accident, the embassy can provide information about the administration of justice and further proceedings.