Federal Council decides: The penalties of the new catalog of fines

Due to a formal error, the new rules for the catalog of fines could not be implemented in 2020. Today the Federal Council decided again and approved the tightened measures. Now the only thing missing is the signature of the transport minister. Here is an overview of what road users can expect.

The Federal Council approved higher fines for traffic offenders on Friday. In the future, not only speeding violations will cost more money, but parking violations will also cost. The aim is to increase road safety. Cyclists and pedestrians in particular should be better protected. The changes to the catalog of fines are based on an agreement between the federal and state governments in April 2021.

Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) now has to sign the ordinance. According to the ordinance, the changes will come into force three weeks after the announcement – this is expected this autumn.

The chairman of the conference of transport ministers, Bremen’s Senator Maike Schaefer (Greens), spoke of a strong signal for road safety. This was preceded by long negotiations between the federal government and the federal states. Due to a formal error, stricter rules on fines in the new road traffic regulations were suspended last year.

Here is an overview of what drivers and other road users can expect:

Anyone who does not form an emergency lane in a traffic jam or even uses one themselves must expect a fine of between 200 and 320 euros and a month’s driving ban. Drivers who park their vehicle in the general no-stopping or parking ban will in future find a ticket under the windshield wiper of up to 55 euros instead of up to 15 euros, as was previously the case. NEW: Anyone who parks an e-car charging space or for a car sharing space will be warned with 55 euros. Parking violations at officially marked fire service entrances or obstruction of rescue vehicles cost up to 100 euros. Unauthorized parking in a parking space for the disabled is charged at 55 euros instead of 35 euros. Truck drivers who do not drive at walking pace when turning right in town have to pay 70 euros. The auto posers are also concerned about money: causing unnecessary noise and avoidable exhaust emissions as well as unnecessary driving back and forth will no longer cost 20 euros, but up to 100 euros. According to ADAC, it will also be significantly more expensive for speed offenders: The previous warning fines for exceeding the limit up to 20 km / h will be doubled when the new catalog of fines comes into force. If you exceed a speed limit of up to 10 km / h in an urban area, you have to pay EUR 30 instead of EUR 15, if you exceed a speed of 11-15 km / h EUR 50 instead of EUR 25, and between 16 and 20 km / h EUR 70 instead of EUR 35. If you drive on sidewalks, bike paths or hard shoulders contrary to the regulations, you can expect a fine of up to 100 euros instead of the previous 25 euros. .