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Traffic signs - replacement not mandatory: old traffic signs remain valid for the time being

Traffic signs - exchange not mandatory
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There are sometimes only very minor differences between old and new signs. Ramsauer wants to talk to his country colleagues about the necessary legal changes this Wednesday at the transport ministers' conference in Bremen. 'It has to be done as soon as possible,' said the transport minister. With a view to the possible savings, he called on the municipalities to use the money saved to repair the winter damage on the roads.

The juxtaposition of old and new signs has been problem-free

since September In 2009 there is a change in the road traffic regulations. After that, signs that had become out of fashion would have had to be replaced by their successors designed years ago without any further transition period. They had coexisted for years before. However, this possibility of 'coexistence' was deleted by the grand coalition in a law to dismantle the forest of signs.

Ramsauer does not see any legal problems resulting from the continuation of the juxtaposition of old and new signs. Courts would not have allowed objections to notices of fines if the validity of the old signs was questioned.

Ramsauer said that the rapid replacement was disproportionate because the old traffic signs differed only marginally from the usual signs. Also for reasons of traffic safety, the exchange campaign is not necessary. In practice, the traffic signs would also apparently have a longer service life than the originally targeted 15 years.

In his own words, Ramsauer reacts to mistakes made by the grand coalition in revising the road traffic regulations with his emergency brake. Because of legal uncertainties, he had the 'Schilderwaldnovelle' checked. The result: 'The amendment is void due to a violation of the constitutionally anchored citation requirement.' Therefore, the road traffic regulations apply in the version before September 1, 2009.

His ministry is working to correct the errors, said Ramsauer. The Federal Council must approve the changes. 'For me, even with the revision of the regulation, it remains a declared aim to counteract excessive signage on German roads.'

For many of the financially tight municipalities in Brandenburg, Ramsauer's decision comes too late: to put up the new traffic signs was as good as finished, said the Ministry of Transport in Potsdam.The problem has been known for 15 years and the federal government has given the states many years for the exchange. Brandenburg used this time.


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