Transport and Mobility
Mobility is a key prerequisite of economic growth, employment and social inclusion. The purpose of a prudent transport policy is thus to facilitate mobility and make it sustainable.
Fines for traffic offences are designed to improve safety on Germany’s roads. They primarily target the main causes of accidents, especially inappropriate speed, dangerous overtaking manoeuvres, right-of-way violations, traffic light offences and failure to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Human error is responsible for 95 percent of all road traffic accidents.
Germany’s expertise in the fields of transport, building and urban development is in demand all over the world. Export-driven industries account for every second job, and companies already achieve one third of their turnover through trade with foreign business partners. But the enormous potential inherent in foreign markets is far from being exhausted.
Therefore, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development is pursuing a strategy outlining how Germany can make even better use of its economic opportunities abroad.
On 3 September 2008, the then Ministers of Transport signed the Treaty on the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Denmark. In February 2011, the Danish Minister of Transport and the Danish parties decided to pursue the immersed tunnel as the preferred option.
These pages provide information on the most important German provisions for holders of foreign driving licences. If you have any further questions, for instance about the procedure for registration and issuing of German driving licences, you should contact your local driver licensing authority at your city or district council. We hope you will appreciate that the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development is unable to comment on individual cases.
An independent, European, civil satellite navigation system, which is being developed for worldwide use, is being created in the form of Galileo.A reliable navigation and positioning system is increasingly becoming a key element for interlinking the different modes of transport to create an integrated transport system at the national and European levels.
The European Community's transport policy now encompasses almost all of the fields which comprise national transport policy, particularly: economic law for transport; social legislation for transport; traffic safety; environmental protection; and increasingly also transport infrastructure, consumer protection and relations with non-member countries. The Community's actions in the field of transport policy are restricted only by the principle of subsidiarity: The Community should only act where this is likely to produce better results than national action.
With its central position in the middle of Europe Germany is a hub for international air transport. From Germany there are flights connecting to all regions of the world. A significant proportion of the international transfer traffic in Europe is handled at German airports.
The impact of climate change on waterways and navigation – this is the key subject of the KLIWAS research programme. The potential consequences of climate change, also on navigation, are currently the subject of intense public discussion.
The Toll Level Regulations were last amended by the Regulations amending motorway toll legislation and the Vehicle Licensing Regulations of 20 November 2008. The amendments entered into force on 1 January 2009. Also on 1 January 2009, the Motorway Toll Act for Heavy Goods Vehicles was amended.
Ensuring sustainable, environmentally-friendly and resource-conserving personal and freight mobility poses transport policy with a major challenge. To structure transport in an environmentally compatible and resource-conserving way, the Federal Government is pursuing a broad-based package of measures comprised of technical, regulatory policy, price policy and investment measures plus publicity and information measures.