Got blitzed? Would you like an idea of what you might have to pay? Use the calculator below to figure it out! Fortunately, most German tickets aren’t nearly as high as those in the US, but you can’t talk yourself out of them either – not with those hideous photographs pinning you to the scene.
Überschreitung = the number of km over the speed limit that you were going (i.e. the limit is 50km/h in town. You were going 60km/h. Your überschreitung is 10)
Tatort = innerhalb means inside the city limits and außhalb means outside city limits (school zones will be calculated differently, but still don’t cause a high ticket unless your “überschreitung” is very high)
Fahrzeug = type of vehicle – most of you will have that first category – under 3.5 tons.
Probezeit = probation (i.e. are you on probation? high points? Hopefully for most of you, the answer is “Keine Probezeit.”)
The highest ticket that I ever got was for 30 Euros for speeding through a school zone (when there were no children present, of course, but no, I’m not proud).
When you get your ticket pay it quickly and save all your receipts. Keep these records handy. Sometimes it takes so long for the ticket payment to register in their system that you will get a second bill with late fees. Be able to show that you’ve paid and when.
- Beware of the cameras on the bridge just as you leave Dusseldorf International Airport. The speed is slower there than most autobahn speeds and those cameras catch a lot of people. You’re usually talking a lot with your new guests and may not notice that speed zone.
- There are occasionally police or a temporary camera set up by the school in Gillrath. 30km/hour seems excessively slow, but that is the speed limit and the camera is often not noticeable until it’s too late.