Beware when in Germany

DWDAM member Phil Maeer has just returned from Germany and narrowly escaped being fined by the German Police. Do you know what this sign means ?

Having just returned from a very enjoyable trip to the Black Forest I thought I’d pass on a bit of education we received from the German police. Someone in a service area had tipped us off about roads being closed to bikers at weekends but he didn’t mention public holidays !! Last Monday we were on the L440 Lochenpass south of Balingen and noticed the sign in the photo, but being unable to fully understand it, carried on regardless. At the top of a very inviting stretch of road the cops were waiting and pulled us in. I knew we weren’t speeding so when asked if we knew why we’d been stopped, we said no. They then proceeded to educate us in said traffic law in a very friendly manner and let us off with a warning as we were tourists. When a couple of bikes went past in the opposite direction it was pointed out that the restriction only applied in one direction i.e. uphill. Apparently it’s mainly to do with noise pollution for the locals.

I don’t know which other roads have this restriction but I’m sure there will be more so I thought I would pass this on to the membership as it may save someone a fine if they go to Germany. Of course the easy answer is to avoid weekends and public holidays !

Phil Maeer

 

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