After May adjustments to the point system and the number of fines, Germany is preparing another change in traffic regulations.
From July, drivers in Germany will have to carry reflective vests in cars, and they will be subject to a fine. At the same time, the environmental rules for entry into some German cities, which will no longer have cars with a red and yellow emission plaque, will be tightened.
Incorporating a reflective safety vest into mandatory car equipment should improve the safety of drivers who need to get out of the car in the event of an accident or disruption. As motorists in the surrounding vehicles will be better able to see. The new adjustment does not specify whether the reflective vest should be orange, yellow or green. Unlike Austria, German regulations do not require a vest for every car passenger, just one on the vehicle.
If a driver does not have a reflective vest which sewn-on reflective tapes in the car, a roadside penalty of 15 Euros (410 crowns) is threatened by a roadside inspection. The German ADAC club, however, points out that if the driver does not blink when leaving the vehicle, it is not an offense. In such a case, however, it is unlikely that he will be entitled to indemnity from the insurance company if the passing car is injured.
Since July, rules for entering some German cities have also been tightened. While cars with three types of emission plaques have still been in use, new vehicles will only be allowed to drive with a green plaque indicating the engine with the least environmental burden. The measure concerns 21 cities in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. For a long time, similar arrangements have been made in Berlin, for example.