Life in Germany. Overtaking fines in Germany – In Germany, can you not only receive a large fine for overtaking incorrectly, but also lose your driving license. In addition to this, an incorrect overtaking manoeuvre is penalised earning a driver penalty points.
Please note that according to the German Highway Code, not keeping the right distance when making a manoeuvre is a punishable offence. Here is the current catalogue of fines in Germany for incorrect overtaking:
When is overtaking prohibited?
Overtaking is prohibited, among other times, when there is a solid line on the road or an appropriate road sign informing you about the prohibition of overtaking. If the traffic situation is unclear, you should also refrain from overtaking, otherwise an accident could occur.
What are the penalties in Germany for incorrect overtaking?
If you violate the overtaking regulations, you can be fined between 20 and 300 euros according to the fines catalogue. Depending on how serious the violation was, you may also receive penalty points and a driving ban. See the table below for details on the potential consequences of an incorrect overtaking manoeuvre.
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|Type of offence|
|The amount of the fine||Penalty points||No driving|
|Difficulty driving an overtaken vehicle||20€||–||–|
|Failure to keep the correct distance when overtaking (up to 80 km/h)||30€||–||–|
|Overtaking a vehicle that is only slightly slower||80€||1||–|
|Overtaking a vehicle that is moving only slightly slower with property damage||120€||1||–|
|Overtaking in the right lane within the city||30€||–||–|
|Overtaking in the right lane within a city with property damage||35€||–||–|
|Overtaking in the right lane outside the city||100€||1||–|
|Overtaking in the right lane outside the city with the risk of other road users||120€||1||–|
|Overtaking overtaking in the right lane outside the city with property damage||145€||1||–|
|Overtaking on a pedestrian crossing||80€||1||–|
|Overtaking with limited visibility||100€||1||–|
|Overtaking when visibility is limited and overtaking is prohibited||€150||1||–|
|Overtaking prohibited and with limited visibility||€250||2||One month|
|Overtaking prohibited and with limited visibility with damage to property||300€||2||One month|
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