Driving through a red light in Germany – these are the consequences

Driving through a red light is dangerous for all road users, regardless of whether it is accidental, inadvertent or deliberate. As a result of such an incident, loss of life or damage to property can occur. Therefore, it is perfectly understandable that running a red light is an offence and is punished accordingly. But how many points can a driver get for such an infraction and do they have to fear having their license taken away? We have the latest information for you!

Driving through a red light in Germany – what are the penalties?

The penalty for driving through a red light in Germany depends on the type of offence – whether it is a so-called ordinary offence (einfaches Rotlichtverstoß) or a qualified offence (qualifiziertes Rotlichtverstoß). In addition, offences in connection with passing a conditional red light, i.e., with a so-called green arrow, may also constitute a “red light” offence and have legal consequences in this respect.

Ordinary red light offence

This involves driving through a red light when it was on for less than one second. This means one penalty point and a fine of 90 euros. You do not need to worry about losing your driving license in this situation.

The situation is different if there has been a collision or traffic hazard in connection with a red light. In this case, the driver will usually be banned from driving for a month. The fine is then 200-240 euros and two penalty points are given.

Qualified red light offence

If you drive through a red light that has been on for more than one second, then this is an infraction. In this case, the driver must expect two penalty points and a fine of 200 euros. An additional punishment is a one-month driving ban.

If the situation described above results in a traffic hazard or an accident, then the fine will be 320-360 euros.

Green arrow offence – conditional turn on red light

If a driver fails to stop in front of the green arrow on the metal sign before turning right (not the electronically displayed arrow), this results in a fine of €70 and one penalty point.

In this case, as in other cases, the fine is increased if there is a danger and is then 100 euros. In case of an accident, the fine is 120 Euros and in case of an obstruction to pedestrians or cyclists, the fine is 100 Euros.

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