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Overtaking on the right: Motorists face a high fine


With a few exceptions, it is forbidden in Germany to overtake on the right. Violations can result in a hefty fine.

With a few exceptions, it is forbidden in Germany to overtake on the right.

Violations can result in a hefty fine.

Bad Bellingen – It's no secret that some drivers think that the traffic rules don't apply to them.

The speed limit in particular is often understood more as a recommendation than as a requirement.

A man from North Rhine-Westphalia recently managed to be flashed three times in the same place within a few hours.

And another rule is often interpreted a little more liberally: the rule to drive on the right!

Matthias Malmedie was also recently upset about this.

However, some drivers take this rule too seriously and do not change lanes even when overtaking.

It is actually forbidden to overtake on the right, as the Freiburg police made clear again on Facebook.

Violating this can even result in a hefty fine, as a 30-year-old recently found out.

On June 19, he overtook on the right on the A5 autobahn between the Efringen-Kirchen junction and the Neuenburg autobahn triangle.


Overtaking on the right is only permitted in certain situations.

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© Daniel Schäfer/Imago

Overtaking on the right: Motorists face high fines

Most drivers would have grumbled at the manoeuvre, but the man overtook a police car on the right, which was on an emergency drive with blue lights and a siren.

As the Freiburg police wrote on Facebook, the officers themselves were traveling at around 190 km/h.

The police then managed to catch up with the traffic offender and stop him in a parking lot.

"He can now expect a fine of 100 euros, a point in Flensburg and a report to the driver's license office," says the Facebook post.

Meanwhile, overtaking on the right in town costs 30 euros, and there is no point for it.

Overtaking on the right: Only permitted under certain conditions

As is so often the case, there are exceptions to the rule.

For example, according to the ADAC, it is permitted to overtake on the right when the traffic is so dense that there are queues of vehicles in the lane for one direction

have formed.

This is the case, for example, in a traffic jam in which vehicles are driving side by side and the traffic in the different lanes is speeding up alternately.

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Overtaking on the right is also allowed if cars are in the left lane or driving slowly (maximum 60 km/h).

"When traffic is stationary, you can overtake in the right-hand lane at a maximum speed of 20 km/h.

If the traffic in the left lane is moving slowly, you can drive on the right at a maximum differential speed of 20 km/h, so that a maximum of 80 km/h is permitted on the right,” explains the ADAC.

In addition, extreme care must be taken when overtaking in this situation.

The fact that many motorists are annoyed when other road users overtake on the right is also shown in the comments on the Facebook post by the Freiburg police:

  • “Why only 100 euros.

    Incomprehensible, his driver's license should be revoked for a long time."

  • "Ridiculous, that's what such drivers don't care about."

  • "Too little, the fines are far too low."

  • "The penalty is far too light.

    With his driving style, he not only puts himself in great danger, but also other road users.”

  • "The punishment is ridiculous.

    It certainly won't hurt the racer."

  • "The penalty is a joke!"

List of rubrics: © Daniel Schäfer/Imago

Source: merkur

All tech articles on 2022-06-24

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