German police point out that on Tuesday (November 9) a new catalog of fines will come into force. In some cases, it provides for significantly higher fines.
The change in the regulation is primarily aimed at protecting pedestrians and cyclists. The fines for illegal parking on sidewalks and bicycle paths, stopping against traffic regulations in emergency lanes, and stopping and parking in second rows, among others, will increase significantly.
The higher fines are also intended to make it less attractive to deliberately accept certain fines, such as for parking without a valid parking ticket.
55 Euro for unauthorised parking
Unauthorized parking on sidewalks and bike paths, in bus lanes and in a space designated for parking electric vehicles will now cost at least 55 euros. In case of inconvenience to others, it can be even more expensive. In addition, points in Flensburg are now also possible.
Previously, only obstructions resulting from stopping and parking violations could be punished.
Higher fines for speeding
Whoever exceeds the speed limit by 11 to 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) in a built-up area will have to pay 50 euros (previously 25 euros). If you exceed the speed limit by 16 to 20 km/h, you will have to pay 70 euros (instead of 35 euros previously). In Germany, the police are responsible for speed checks, while the public order authorities (Ordnungsamt) mainly deal with parking offences.
Further stricter penalties apply, for example, for not informing or forbidding the use of so-called “life corridors” on freeways and for incorrect turns.