Traffic violations and fines in Germany

Fines amounting 70 EUR (including all administration fees) imposed in Germany can be executed in other EU-countries. This is possible because a European framework decision (2005/214/JHA) has been transposed into national laws.

While on holiday, if someone exceeds the speed limit and is fined but not required to pay on the spot, the request for payment can be forwarded by a German authority to the competent authority in the country where the car is registered. In case of a non-payment, the competent authority in country of registration can also execute the sentence.

However, the condition for this is the existence of a proper penalty notice in accordance with the respective foreign law. To that purpose, foreign authorities have to know who is being fined.

For this, and in accordance with the stipulations of another European directive, the Member States have established a national contact point where foreign authorities can ask for the car’s registration data for the following traffic infractions: 

  • Driving too fast
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Driving without a seatbelt
  • Driving without a motorcyclist helmet
  • Running red lights
  • Driving on a suspended strip (for instance bus lane).

Although illegal parking is not covered by this directive, fines over 70 EUR can be executed all the same if the German authorities can get a hold of the car’s holder name another way (e.g. if the police took your information after the infraction but didn’t ask for an immediate payment).

Although not all public authorities make use of the possibility to execute a fine in another country yet, this is increasing with time.  

Before driving in Germany you should therefore get information about the traffic rules because some might differ from those that you are familiar with in your own country. Helpful is the German mobile App "Mit dem Auto ins Ausland".