Written by Philipp Schiwek on


Getting around in a motor vehicle is fairly simple and civilised, traffic heavy and road surfaces reasonable. Fixed speed traps are in operation and the police are allowed to pull drivers over and do stop checks, with radar guns in use in many areas. 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) is the general speed limit unless otherwise posted. 60 km/h is often permitted in urban areas on wider streets and 80 km/h often on urban highways. In designated residential areas speed should be capped to 30 km/h.

Drivers should never attempt a u-turn through the tram tracks on dual carriage ways. Trams appear quickly, travel fast, are heavy and can seldom stop in time if a vehicle is in their way. Many have made the mistake and failed to protect themselves from serious injury.

Care is also necessary when a vehicle approaches from the right at unmarked or unsigned crossings. They have right of way and take it. It’s also important to watch out for cyclists and pedestrians at junctions since they too often have right of way. A cultural peculiarity means that they unfortunately tend to trust their right of way or a green light and do not have their eyes on the traffic.

Sometimes roads with options leading towards bridges can also be confusing with tight bends and lanes with ramps leading strangers up onto the bridge by mistake.



Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Jürgensplatz 1

40219 Düsseldorf , NRW


Phone: +49 211 384 30

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