Parking regulations

I am often intrigued and sometimes even puzzled by parking regulations in Germany.

There are some quite simple rules, usually involving a think called a Parkscheibe or quite simply a ticket machine.

But every now and then I come across a sign that causes confusion so that I myself become unsure about where to park.

What is really annoying though, is when I sign is quite definite about whether you can park or not, and people just ignore it.

Precisely that is happening in front of our block of flats at the moment on a regular basis. There is a turning circle which you are meant to leave free for other people to turn round in, it being the end of the road (unless you have some form of special permission, eg. the district nurse).

But some drivers are so blatantly ignoring the signs – that they actually park directly under them! Try talking your way out of this:

The last time I looked, the fine for parking here was 25 Euros. I’m sure if the town were to check here a bit more often, they could make several hundred Euros every day!

P.S. it happens in the UK as well 🙂

 

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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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  1. I live in the same cul-de-sac and I noticed as well there were quite a few cars parked there this past weekend.

    Once in a while the “Ordnungspolizei” comes around, but only when they are in need of money…:)

  2. I live in the same cul-de-sac and I noticed as well there were quite a few cars parked there this past weekend.

    Once in a while the “Ordnungspolizei” comes around, but only when they are in need of money…:)

  3. I just took a look from the balcony. There are five cars parked there right now, one proudly displaying German flags for the European soccer championship.

    The parking fine can be as much as € 40, this is what one of my visitors had to pay having parked there late one Friday night.

  4. I just took a look from the balcony. There are five cars parked there right now, one proudly displaying German flags for the European soccer championship.

    The parking fine can be as much as € 40, this is what one of my visitors had to pay having parked there late one Friday night.

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