Touring advice: Traffic laws in Germany

By James Mostyn -

Touring & travel

 09 July 2009 10:55

A road trip to Germany can be excellent fun, before you set off you should be aware of the laws regarding the roads. This list isn't exhaustive but it should help you spend more time riding and less time talking to the police.

• UK licence holders must be 18 or over to ride a temporarily imported motorcycle
• The blood alcohol level is nil percent if you’re under-21 or have held your licence for less than 2 years.  There is a 125 euro fine.
• Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.
• Exceeding speed limits, using abusive language, making derogatory signs and running out of petrol on a motorway can result in an on-the-spot fine. Refusal to pay may see your vehicle confiscated.

Speed Limits
• 31 mph (50 km/h) in built-up areas)
• 62 mph (100 km/h) outside built-up areas
• 80 mph (130 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways
• Minimum speed on motorways: 37 mph (60 km/h)