truck distance: how big does it have to be??

Distance measurement: If a truck driver is caught in a distance violation, different penalties may apply

Catalog of fines for the distance between trucks outside the freeway

ViolationFinePointsDriving ban
Distance not kept – speed less than 80 km/h 25 €
. with danger 30 €
. With damage to property 35 €
Distance not respected – Speed more than 80 km/h
distance to the vehicle in front was less than.
. 5/10 of half the speedometer value 75 € 1
. 4/10 of half the speedometer value 100 € 1
. 3/10 of half the tachometer value 160 € 1
. 2/10 of half the tachometer value 240 € 1
. 1/10 of half the speedometer value 320 € 1
Distance not kept – speed more than 100 km/h
Distance to the preceding motor vehicle amounted to less than.
. 5/10 of half the tachometer value 75 € 1
. 4/10 of half the tacho value 100 € 1
. 3/10 of half the speedometer value 160 € 2 1 month
. 2/10 of half the speedometer value 240 € 2 2 months
. 1/10 of half the speedometer value 320 € 2 3 months
Distance not respected – speed more than 130 km/h
Distance to the motor vehicle in front was less than.
. 5/10 of half the value of the speedometer 100 € 1
. 4/10 of half the speedometer value 180 € 1
. 3/10 of half the speedometer value 240 € 2 1 month
. 2/10 of half the speedometer value 320 € 2 2 months
. 1/10 of half the speedometer value 400 € 2 3 months

Catalog of fines for distance for trucks on the highway

ViolationFine in EuroPoints in Flensburg
Truck did not keep the minimum distance of 50 meters at a speed of more than 50 km/h on a highway 80 1
Vehicle subject to marking, which has a gross vehicle weight of more than 3.5 tons, did not keep the minimum distance of 50 meters at a speed of more than 50 km/h on a highway 120 1

Trucks usually weigh in at a few tons. Until such a vehicle actually comes to a halt in the event of emergency braking, it is not uncommon for several seconds to elapse. It is all the more important that the prescribed safety distance for trucks is maintained in order to avoid rear-end collisions. Unfortunately, some drivers do not adhere to this rule and drive much too close. We tell you what minimum distance is prescribed for trucks and what fines may be imposed on truck drivers if the distance is insufficient.

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Traffic sign 273: A truck distance violation here costs at least 25 euros

According to § 4 para. 1 of the Road Traffic Regulations (StVO) applies to all motor vehicles that their distance from the vehicle in front must be large enough that even in the event of a sudden braking of the vehicle in front the following motor vehicle can stop, without following them. But it is not defined at this point, what distance the motor vehicles must specifically maintain.

A look at the catalog of fines will help here. This provides for for all motor vehicles is always subject to penalties as soon as it drives at a distance of less than half the speedometer value in meters to the vehicle in front.

This means that every motor vehicle including trucks – must maintain a distance of at least half the speedometer value in meters to the vehicle in front. In the event of a distance violation – whether with a truck or another motor vehicle – the driver faces at least a fine of 75 euros and a point in Flensburg. The exact penalties can be found in the above fine tables.

In addition also the traffic sign 273 set the minimum safety distance on the relevant route. If a driver undercuts the distance prescribed thereon with his truck, falls a fine of at least 25 euros at.

The distance between trucks on the highway and for trains over 7 meters

On the highway on the other hand, every truck with a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 t is a minimum distance of 50 meters to the vehicle in front – but only from a speed from 51 km/h. In traffic jams or. in gridlocked traffic, truck drivers are therefore allowed to tailgate more closely. This specifies § 4 Abs. 3 StVO states.

If the prescribed distance between trucks is not maintained, an accident can quickly occur in the event of sudden braking

In paragraph 2 of the same clause it is also stated yet another restriction, which affects trains over 7 meters in length, which usually involves Truck with trailer are meant. These must be at a distance from the vehicle in front so that an overtaking vehicle always has enough space to pull in.

For a Violation of this regulation in the case of truck distance, a fine of at least 25 euros threatens.

This special regulation does not apply, if

  • the truck even for overtaking has pulled out and indicated this in accordance with the regulations,
  • in the direction of the truck at least two lanes are present or
  • overtaking on the route not allowed at all is.

In this case, the truck must again distance of 50 meters (on the highway) or. from half the speedometer value in meters comply.

FAQ: Truck distance

With the exception of freeways, a safety distance of at least half the speed limit in meters must be maintained on all roads.

At a speed of more than 50 km/h, a distance of at least 50 meters is prescribed for vehicles over 3.5 t permissible total mass.

What sanctions, such as z. B. You can find out from our table of fines which penalties can be imposed if the distance between the truck and the driver is insufficient.

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