Last updated: 10.12.2023, 07:00 a.m.
By: Simon Mones
The lack of parking spaces drives some people to come up with creative solutions. However, a traffic law expert warns: Moving traffic signs is punishable by law.
Finding a parking space can quickly become frustrating. No matter where you look, everything is full. If you find a free parking space after a long search, you often have to take a parking ticket. Alternatively, a temporary stopping ban ensures that you are not allowed to park your own car. However, if you were to move the traffic sign just a little, there would be enough space. But is that even allowed?
It is better not to move traffic signs: it can be considered a criminal offence
This is exactly the question Bild asked traffic lawyer Christian Marnitz from Geblitzt.de. The expert strongly advises against moving a road sign – it could be considered a criminal offence. For example, it is a dangerous interference with road traffic (Section 315b of the Criminal Code) and usurpation of office (Section 132 of the Criminal Code) and can be punished accordingly.
Moving traffic signs is not a trivial offense. © Funke Foto Services/Imago
For dangerous interference with road traffic, the law provides for a prison sentence of up to five years. However, a fine is also possible. The decisive factors for this are the severity of the violation as well as possible previous convictions. In the case of usurpation of office, the penalty is lower: it ranges from a fine to two years in prison.
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By the way: Putting up a traffic sign could also be considered a criminal offence. "Incidentally, this also applies to signs or signs that can be mistaken for real traffic signs or impair their effect," Martnitz emphasizes. "For example, if you put up a self-made 30 km/h sign in the front garden."
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So if you simply put up a traffic sign in the front yard, you have to expect a fine of at least 15 euros. However, you can get away with it if some traffic signs are snowed in in winter. And even if the parking ticket is too snowy, drivers do not have to expect a fine.