In November 2019, the German government passed the amendment to the German Road Traffic Act. The following changes, among others, are expected in the course of the year: :
No stopping/no parking
Be careful if you want to make a quick drop. On the protective strip for bicycle traffic (indicated by a dotted line), there will soon be no stopping – just like for the second row. In future, fines for illegal parking on footpaths and cycle paths will be increased from the current minimum of 15 euros to up to 100 euros. In the case of serious violations (e.g. endangering others) there is an additional point in Flensburg.
New overtaking ban
Soon we will see a new sign more often (see illustration): Road traffic authorities can undercut multi-lane vehicles to overtake single-lane vehicles (e.g. bicycles). This is intended to alleviate constrictions.
Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tons must maintain walking speed when turning off in built-up areas (7 to 11 kilometers per hour). Violations are punishable by a fine of 70 euros and one point in Flensburg. For long trucks, the equipment with a turn-off assistant will be mandatory from 2020.
In order to provide parking areas and loading zones for cargo bikes, the road traffic authorities can use the symbol “cargo bike” (see illustration).
What is happening in the EU?
Let’s look at Europe: From September 2020, truck cabs will be allowed to be longer. Up to now, 2.35 meters was the maximum. For some time, experts had been arguing for a surcharge. This has now been granted by the European Union: the cabins can be extended by up to 90 centimeters. This should give the driver a better overview of the traffic situation and offer more comfort for overnight stays. In addition, the energy consumption of the trucks is to be reduced because the creative freedom allows for an improved aerodynamic design. The talk is of up to 10 percent.
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And what else is going on?
Finally, a staccato due to further changes beyond our national borders, which nevertheless affect German logistics service providers, forwarders and freight carriers: Toll increases are pending in Austria and Wallonia (Belgium). New tariffs for Euro vignettes have been in force since 1 January in Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. At the end of 2020, Norway will implement new regulations for winter tires for trucks. The Dutch want to punish manipulations of digital tachographs more severely. Instead of the previous maximum of 4,400 euros, the threat is now up to 10,000 euros. And – oh yes! – the sectoral driving bans in Austria on the Inn Valley motorway. Some goods such as paper, liquid petroleum products or pipes may only be transported between Kufstein and Ampass in vehicles with a maximum weight of 7.5 tons. This ensures that there is still a lot of air in the political arena. In return, the air around ships is getting better. Worldwide, they may only use fuels with a maximum of 0.5 percent sulphur. As always, exceptions confirm the rule. More about IMO-2020 can be found here. [Link to “my” blog post on said subject]