Parking: Always this trailer

Parking in residential areas are rare and sought after. Nevertheless, some are blocked by followers. Without being moved, they are not allowed to park there indefinitely.


For some time now a small trailer (with registration mark) has been loaded with rubbish in our street. He is emptied at irregular intervals. This trailer blocks one of the already few car parking lots anyway. Is that permissible ?, asks ZEIT-ONLINE reader Oliver Glaser-Gallion from Wiesbaden.

Parking is a scarce commodity everywhere in cities and settlements. If then still litterless trailers with garbage or RV blocks the few parking spaces over a longer period, ask residents and residents - must be?

"Basically, it applies that trailers can park without a towing vehicle, if the restrictions mentioned in Section 12 of the Highway Code are observed," says Stefan Herbers, specialist lawyer for traffic law from Oldenburg. Regardless of the total mass, a trailer may be parked without a towing vehicle but for no longer than two weeks (Paragraph 12 (3b) StVO), whether in a residential area or in the middle of the city.

Restrictions apply to motor vehicle trailers, which bring a total mass of more than two tons on the scales. These Companions shall not be parked regularly between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am, and on Sundays and public holidays, within enclosed areas, in pure or general residential areas, spa or clinic premises, and recreation areas (Paragraph 12 (3a) of the STVO).

In summary, therefore: "Motor vehicle trailers without towing vehicle may not be parked for longer than two weeks." This applies generally and independently of the total permissible mass, "says Herbers. Who does not stick to it, must count on a fine between 20 and 30 euros. As these totals are hardly to discourage, Herbers recommends that the ZEIT-ONLINE reader document the described endurance status and contact the municipality or competent city authority.

ref: zeit