Do I have to hand in my ticket if I have driven too fast in Germany?

Here you will find information about the legal consequences if you have driven too fast on the German motorways.

The answer in detail

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Violations of the German road traffic law are usually sanctioned with a fine and in certain cases with a driving ban. This also applies, of course, to Mr and Mrs Swiss who are travelling in Germany by car.

The legal consequences of speeding in Germany range from a fine to a driving ban. However, the driving ban for Swiss drivers is limited to Germany only. The driving ban has no effect on Switzerland, unless the sanction is recorded in Switzerland. The sanction could be recorded if the German office actively reports the withdrawal of the ticket in Switzerland, if the Swiss authority inquires in Germany or if the information is reported to Switzerland on the basis of the European exchange of criminal information.

As soon as a bus from Germany flutters into your home, you should definitely check whether it is only a fine or whether a driving ban is also imposed. If a driving ban is imposed - for example for one month - this will be recorded in the fine notice.

In this case, it is advisable that you send your driving licence to the German authorities so that they can record the driving ban. Normally, your ticket will then be returned to you within a week - with a sticker to draw attention to the driving ban. In certain federal states it is also sufficient to send a colour copy of your ID. It is best to enquire in advance by telephone at the authority mentioned on the fine notice.

If you have to rely on your driving licence for professional reasons, the driving ban can be converted into a fine in cases of hardship, whereby the fine is usually doubled. However, this only applies if you are really dependent on your vehicle for your job and the driving ban in Germany would massively restrict the exercise of your profession.

You must be aware that a German driving ban can also lead to a withdrawal of your driving licence in Switzerland if the Swiss authorities learn of the violation in Germany (Art. 16cbis SVG). The legislator wants to ensure that Mr. and Mrs. Swiss abroad do not violate the law and suffer negative consequences. For this reason, a learner's driving licence or driver's license will be withdrawn after an offence, for example when driving too fast on the motorway abroad, if on the one hand a driving ban has been imposed abroad and on the other hand the offence is classified as moderately serious or difficult according to art. 16b and 16c SVG. In any case, however, the effects of the foreign driving ban on the person concerned must be taken into account appropriately when determining the duration of the withdrawal (cf. art. 16cbis para. 2 SVG).