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The German Bundestag should decide that slow driving through traffic jams on German motorways is legalized for motorcyclists.
According to the Road Traffic Act (StVO), motorcycles are also obliged to stand still in traffic jams on German roads. According to the current legal situation, driving on the emergency lane, snaking between interrupted columns of vehicles and using the hard shoulder is prohibited. The two-wheeler is obliged, like a motorist, to remain ready to drive on the motorcycle; Parking the motorcycle on the road is not permitted.
Waiting for hours in hot or cold conditions makes the motorcyclist tired and creates considerable dangers. In order to ensure that the helmet is ready to drive, the helmet must not be removed; opening protective clothing in slow-moving traffic (so-called stop-and-go) also reduces the protection of the motorcyclist. In addition, the motorcyclist is excessively burdened by vehicle exhaust gases in comparison to motor vehicle drivers in closed vehicle cabs, which can lead to fatigue and dizziness.
Here are current examples from neighboring European countries:
Belgium Meandering for motorized two-wheelers since 2010 on all roads with at least two lanes in each direction (including highways), up to a maximum speed of max. 50 km / h possible. A speed difference between the motorcycle and other road users of max. 20 km / h ". If there are more than two lanes, driving past is only allowed between the two left lanes. Source: ifz
France Since 02/01/2016 pilot project in 5 regions on BAB + roads> 70 km / h. Up to a top speed of 50 km / h. Project limited until February 31, 2020. Source: ifz
Netherlands Since around 1998 there has been a code of conduct on motorways, up to 40 km / h with max. 15 km / h speed difference. Source: ifz
Austria Since 1998 only drive through at intersections etc., not on motorways. Source: ifz
Great Britain In Great Britain the police put up with the winding of motorcycles in traffic jams, it goes unpunished. Source: Zeit Online
The ADAC, for example, relies on the opening of the hard shoulder for motorcyclists so that they can drive slowly to the next exit and leave the motorway there. Source: Zeit Online
Earlier petitions on this topic were supported by the ADAC, the Institute for Two-Wheeler Safety (ifz) and the Federal Motorcycle Working Group (BAGMO). Source: fembike
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