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Obligations in Germany


Apart from the general obligations relating to road traffic, a few special rules exist in Germany, such as those referring to wearing fluorescent vests, taking along children and using the vehicle’s headlights during daytime.

Vehicle type Obligation to use headlights during daytime
Motorcycle Yes
Car, truck No
Child’s seat
Vehicle type Obligation to use child’s seat
Car, truck Yes
Coaches, buses Yes
Fluorescent vest
Vehicle type Obligation to wear fluorescent vest
Private car Yes (from 01.07.2014 a vest per vehicle)
Business car Yes (driver and constant passenger)
Trucks and special vehicles Yes (driver and constant passenger)
Rescue lane
In the case of a traffic jam on multi-lane roads, all drivers are obliged to release the rescue lane. The rescue lane must always be formed between the left and the remaining lanes.

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