Higher fines for blocking of emergency lane and using of mobile devices
In September, the German Federal Council has decided about various increases of fines. As of 19. October 2017, the new regulations have come into force. Drivers who violate the rules of keeping free the emergency lane in slow-moving traffic have to face significantly stricter penalties. The fine was increased ten times – 200 Euro instead of 20 Euro as before. Using mobile devices while driving is also sanctioned with higher fines, at least 100 Euro instead of 60 Euro, and one penalty point on the driver’s record. That applies no longer only to smartphones, but also other mobile devices such as tablets, laptops and navigation devices. The manual operation of these gadgets is only permitted when the vehicle is halted and the engine is switched off. Hands-free kits with voice control can still be used without restrictions. For more information, please refer to the German catalogue of fines.
Safety check for the cold season
For winter tires, there have been issued new German regulations as well. The tires have to be labeled with the alpine icon (three-pronged mountain with snowflake). That also applies to the so-called “M+S” (which stands for “mud and snow”) tires as of now, however, only if they are manufactured after 1. January 2018. Tires that were produced before can be used until the 1. October 2024. Fleet managers should note that trucks above 3.5 tons have to have snow tires not only on the driving axle but also on the front steering axle as of 1. July 2020. The fines for vehicles driving through black ice and snow without permissible equipment not only apply to the driver, but also the vehicle owner. Logistics companies are well advised to equip their vehicles with snow-safe tires, to avoid accidents and keep their drivers safe. You can find more winter tips here.
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