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Germany - Don’t forget the emergency lane

Date: 31/03/2017
Source: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrast

For decades now, it has been compulsory in Germany to make way for the emergency services on a multi-laned highway when traffic is at a standstill. This invariably proved to be problematic in practice, so the regulation in § 11, paragraph 2 of the Highway Code has been simplified. As the holiday season is about to start, we would ask all campers to heed this regulation which states:

“As soon as traffic on a motorway or a road outside an urban area with at least two lanes in each direction slows down to walking pace or comes to a complete standstill, vehicles must move over to the extreme left and the immediate right lanes in order to form an emergency lane to allow police cars and other emergency service vehicles to pass.“
This regulation should ensure that the police and emergency services can drive freely through the traffic.