The probationary driver's license: that applies during the probationary period!

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In Germany, anyone who has passed their driving test and has received their driving license must have one two-year probationary period survive. And during this time, you need to be extra careful. Disregards or violations of the road traffic regulations have serious consequences and the probationary period is often long extended. Traffic offenses are recorded at this time punished more severely than for drivers outside the probationary period. In the following text you will find out how you can get through the probationary period unscathed and what threatens you if you break the rules.

Why is there a trial period?

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Statistically, the age group from 18 to 24 years is most often involved in traffic accidents. Due to the lack of experience of this age group in road traffic, dangerous situations are often misjudged and it comes to Accident. For this reason, the regulation was introduced in 1986 that novice drivers initially had to obtain a driver's license two years probation admit. In order to cause fewer traffic accidents, attention is paid to the Compliance with traffic regulations respected. Traffic violations will also be punished during the probationary period stricter punished and since 1999 the probationary period has even been extended in the event of a violation extended by up to two years. The regulations serve to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by novice drivers and are intended to encourage them to be more vigilant on the road, especially at the beginning.

From when and for whom does the probationary period apply?

The trial period begins from the first acquisition of a driver's license. If you are issued with the A16 driver's license at the age of 1, the two-year probationary period applies from the date of the completed practical test. Anyone who then acquires a new driver's license must start with the probationary period not new begin. If you get the B driving license after about 2 years in possession of the A1 driving license, the probationary period is already over past.

If the 2 years aren't quite over yet, then only that will run remaining time the probationary period of the lower class.

The same applies if you first car license and decides after 2 years to get a category C driver's license. The category C driver's license also has the prerequisite for the B driver's license. If the probationary period of the driver's license first obtained has not yet been completed when you start a new class, the remaining probationary period also applies to the new driver's license class. The trial period then starts not New. For example, if you have held the A1 driver's license for a year and have just obtained the B driver's license, then there is a remaining probationary period of one year. The probationary period regulation only applies on your first driver's license!

accompanied driving at 17 and the Classes AM, L and T

This is an exception to this rule accompanying driving at the age of 17 In this case, it is irrelevant whether you already have a moped or moped driver's license. This is when the two-year probationary period begins from the new. And then there are classes AM, L and T. For the classes AM (including mopeds L1e-B), L  and T (agricultural vehicles) exist, by the way none probation. The probationary period begins for the driver only with the next higher class.

Rule violations during the probationary period

The same laws apply to all motorists in Germany. However, traffic offenses in the probationary period punished more severely. This is intended to teach novice drivers the importance of complying with traffic regulations. In the event of rule violations, there will again be between A violations and B violations distinguished. An A violation brings worse consequences with itself as a B violation. Both violations will with points in Flensburg punished. Anyone who is guilty of one A violation or two B violations is threatened with the Extension of the probationary period to four years, a Fine and a Advanced seminar (retraining). In addition, some A-violations also bring criminal consequences with himself.

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The one B-violation threaten points in Flensburg and a fine, however no probationary period extensiont. Whether you get a point for a crime, decides Bußgeldkatalog. You can view this online and look up the penalties for which violations. All points are reported to the Federal Motor Transport Authority in Flensburg and one point is noted in the driving aptitude register. It is possible to reduce the points through seminars at driving schools, but only for drivers outside of the probationary period. If the score is more than 8 points, the driver's license will be revoked. It does not matter whether you have already completed the probationary period or not.

A violations are more serious. During the probationary period you can no A violation. The B offense is less serious. But the second violation threatens the extension of the probationary period, an advanced seminar and a fine.

  • A violations These include disregarding a red traffic light, drunk driving, falling far short of the safety distance (duress), failure to provide assistance in the event of an accident, exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 km/h or disregarding the right of way.
  • B violations are driving over a stop sign, insufficient or missing vehicle equipment, driving without headlights with limited visibility, using a mobile phone at the wheel and missing or incorrect securing of accident sites.

There are also rule violations affecting the probationary period not extend. For example, wrong parking or if the parking meter is not set correctly. All Warning money under 60 € do not result in an extension of the probationary period. According to the catalog of fines, they are only considered an administrative offence, in contrast to violations, which are punished with points in Flensburg. In general, as soon as you commit offenses that are punished with points, the two-year probationary period is in jeopardy.

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Exceeding the speed limit are and will be a violation of the Road Traffic Act fined. In many cases, exceeding the speed limit leads to accidents, which is why the importance of adhering to the speed limit should be made clear to novice drivers in particular. who with more than 20 km / h is flashed, which is with at least 1 point and a fine of at least € 70 fined. This is no longer a misdemeanor, but one A violation, which will definitely lead to an extension of the probationary period. at less than 20 km/h Exceeding the speed is only an administrative offense and there is only a risk of a fine. info: A speed camera is triggered, for example, when driving over a red traffic light, exceeding the speed limit and failing to maintain the safety distance.

the consequences

During the probationary period, a 3-tier sanction system. In the event of an offence, the probationary period will expire extended to four years and you have to Advanced seminar graduate You have to do this pay for yourself and it can be completed at many driving schools. The traffic rules are brought to you once again. who after commits another breach of the Rules, is warned in writing and asked to voluntarily seek a traffic psychological consultation within two months. The advice is voluntary and you have two monthsto claim them. If you commit a traffic offense again, your driver's license will be revoked withdrawn for at least 3 months. After this time, a reissue applied for and a medical-psychological examination (MPU) to be completed. And in many cases this is not as easy to pass as you might think. If necessary, a repeat driving test may also be necessary.

drunkenness during the probationary period

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After the probationary period has expired, no more than 0,5 per thousand to drive a car. During the probationary period you can only sober (with 0,0 per thousand) drive a vehicle. If you are found to be drinking and driving during the probationary period, the probationary period will expire extended and a Advanced seminar must be completed. Since 2007, this has also applied to everyone under the age of 21, even if the probationary period has expired. Apart from the fact that you risk losing your driving license if you are drunk, it is also an immense risk to yourself, any passengers and, of course, other road users. So if you get the driving license class A16 at the age of 1, alcohol is allowed before driving until your 21st birthday completely taboo. And that also applies to classes AM, L and T!

survive the probationary period

Getting a driver's license has many advantages. You are now freer and more mobile. However, novice drivers are more likely to have traffic accidents, which is why there is a probationary driver's license. Unfortunately, many underestimate the risk that road traffic entails and misjudge situations due to a lack of experience. Always remember that if you break traffic rules, you are not only endangering yourself, but also all other road users. The probationary period means that in the two years you have more serious consequences for traffic violations than drivers outside the probationary period.

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Depending on the severity of the offence, there is a threat Fine and Extension of the probationary period including one advanced seminar. These costs can be up to 500 € and the renewal of the driver's license comes with around 300 €. Traffic offenses come with a very high penalty. Therefore, always drive carefully and carefully. Take your time learning how to drive and don't get cocky. Safe driving requires time and rest. Always practice the rules of the road and obey all traffic signs. If you keep all these things in mind, you will surely get through the probationary period.

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  1. hello Tengo una pregunta, tube antes una infracción por velocidad alta 21 km de más y me alargaron el periodo de prueba y hice un seminario también. Hace and day me pass un semáforo en rojo y la policia me detuvo para multarme. Mi pregunta es que ya que tengo mi segundo multa y me alargaron el tiempo de prueba, tengo riesgo de perder mi carnet

    • Hello,

      eso paso in alemania? Entonces, un semáforo en rojo es, por supuesto, muy malo. Recomendamos no firmar / admitir nada y definitely contratar a un abogado de tráfico.

      Greetings Tom

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