Five examples of bans
You are not allowed to overtake here
04/09/2023, 07:40 am
Where no overtaking is indicated by the corresponding round signs, you must drive behind the car in front. But overtaking is also not allowed in other places and situations, as five examples show.
Risky overtaking maneuvers are among the most common causes of accidents on the road. It is not uncommon for those involved to suffer serious injuries or even death. Careful driving and good knowledge of the rules are therefore important. Five examples that you should never attempt to drive past, even if there is no no-overtaking sign posted.
At pedestrian crossings
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a zebra crossing or a traffic light – overtaking is always forbidden at pedestrian crossings. This applies from the typical blue sign with a white triangle and black person symbol or is alternatively indicated by appropriate lane markings. Anyone who ignores this and is caught pays at least 80 euros, and 100 euros if they are at risk. If there is an accident, the amount increases to 120 euros. In addition, one point is entered in the Flensburg central register.
When the bus or tram activate the hazard warning lights
As soon as the driver of public transport activates the hazard warning lights while driving, overtaking is prohibited. The possible fine is 70 euros. If the bus or train is at the bus stop, passing slowly is permitted – at the greatest possible distance and at maximum walking speed. This also applies to oncoming traffic, as long as they are not traveling in a separate lane. Anyone who does not comply must expect a fine of 15 euros.
If the person to be overtaken is driving at maximum speed
You have to overtake as quickly as possible – that means at a significantly higher speed than the vehicle in front that you want to leave behind. A rule of thumb is that the difference should be at least around 30 percent. However, the maximum permitted speed must not be exceeded as a result. In the city, meaningful overtaking is therefore hardly possible: if you want to pass a car traveling at 40 km/h, it takes around 21 seconds at 50 km/h and requires a distance of almost 300 meters – at least if you always want to keep the correct safety distance.
At a level crossing
Where cars and rail vehicles meet, special caution is always required. There is therefore a ban on overtaking at level crossings with or without barriers – from the typical triangular sign with the black train, which in many cases is combined with a three-stripe beacon. The signs can already be set up around 240 meters before the crossing. The overtaking ban is only lifted after crossing the intersection. Violators face a fine of 70 euros, and even 150 euros if the traffic situation is unclear. In addition, one point is due each time.
At a confusing intersection
In general, it is not expressly forbidden to overtake before or at an intersection, unless signs or lane markings indicate otherwise. In practice, however, overtaking in compliance with the rules should hardly be possible there, especially when there is a high volume of traffic. At intersections, like anywhere else on the road, the person overtaking must ensure that the traffic situation is clear and that the entire overtaking distance can be seen in order to avoid obstructing or endangering other road users. If this is not the case while overtaking, a fine of between 20 and 300 euros will be due, depending on the severity of the offence. In addition, up to two points or even a one-month driving ban can threaten.