Dieser Weg wird nicht geräumt

Another sign, seen at the start of a path in Horb a.N., warning that the path will be neither cleared nor will salt or grit be strewn on it if there is snow or ice on the ground.  Use it at your own risk!

Dieser Weg wird bei Schnee und Eisglätte weder geräumt noch bestreut.  Benutzung auf eigene Gefahr.

Kein Winterdienst

Residents in Germany are responsible for clearing the snow on the paths around their properties.  Not only do they have to clear them first thing in the morning, they have to keep them clear throughout the day.  Many people hire companies to do this for them, rather than risk an insurance claim if someone slips on the path and injures themself.

Similarly, if the gound adjoining the path belongs to the town, eg. if there is a school on it, then it is the town who is responsible for clearing the snow.

But if the path does not run next to a road, there is a simple way to avoid the snow-clearing duty: put up a sign…

Achtung! kein Winterdienst  Wege beschädigt  Betreten auf eigene Gefahr

Betreten auf eigene Gefahr – use this path at your own risk!

New rules for Winter Tyres

A new law in Germany has tightened the rules on the types of tyres that you can use in winter.

Until now, the law only said that you had to have “suitable” tyres for the road conditions, but did not actually specify that you had to have winter tyres on in winter.  Indeed, many people with good tread on their summer tyres continued to use them throughout the winter, and would probably argue that they were suitable as long as the main roads were clear.

The trouble was, that unless they caused an accident, the police were as good as powerless to argue against them, so the politicians were under pressure to amend the law to get things clarified.

Unfortunately, they made quite a mess of it.  [Read more…]

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