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What does the sign “Agricultural and forestry. Traffic free " actually from? The sign 1026-38 is in the road traffic regulations (StVO) as Additional sign set. The sign, in conjunction with a prohibition sign, allows only agricultural and forestry traffic to drive here. What's the meaning? The additional sign is usually used in conjunction with the symbol 250 "Prohibition for vehicles of all kinds" before. Here the ban for the agricultural and forestry traffic is however aufgehoben. So these are still allowed to drive!
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- Hunting protection additional shield in the vehicle!
- Legal basis for the "Jagdschutz" sign
- Hunting shields with coat of arms, logo, serial number
- Hunting shield without coat of arms, signature, serial number
- Traffic rules: use of rural roads
- Table of fines: illegal driving on forest roads:
- Driving on forest or field paths is permitted
- Driving on forest or field paths is not permitted
- Which vehicles can I drive with?
- Parking and parking on forest paths
- from the Federal Forest Act to the State Forest Act
- Use of privately owned forest paths
- public roads and traffic regulations
- Penalty / fine: illegal use of forest trails
- FAQ: the use of rural roads
The sign “Jagdschutz” can often be seen lying in the hunter's / forest worker's car. Hunting protection is explained in the Federal Hunting Act (BJagdG). Paragraph 23 defines the care and protection of game as hunting protection and lists among other things poachers, poaching dogs / cats, epidemics and food shortages from which the forest should be protected. Furthermore, care must be taken to ensure that all relevant regulations, such as closed seasons, are complied with. More detailed regulations are made in the hunting laws of the individual federal states. "Back to overview
Not only hunters are allowed to put such a sign in the car, too every body else can use the shield. It's not protected and can be purchased in stores without proof. But the sign says nothing about whether you can is justifiedTo use farm roads in the forest. The reasons for the use of forest trails in the public sector are regulated by the Forest Act of the individual federal state. All other forest trails are privately and marked accordingly. In the event of an accident with the vehicle in the forest, the sign is meaningless. The use of paths in the forest, just because you bought such a sign for a few euros, can punishable his and the Insurance Cover is likely not present. "Back to overview
In contrast to the simple "hunting shield" there is also Forestry signsthat with a Coat of arms or a public logo are provided. As far as we know, these signs are not for sale. The making and carrying of such a shield is - so our opinion - Approved by a sovereign enterprise (federal, state, local) and in addition subject to approval. Signs with serial numbers belong at the forestry office registered establishments. The users have to sign for the receipt and are then entitled to use the corresponding farm roads in the forest.
Usually a state coat of arms is also printed on these signs and there is a reference to the state forest administration that issued this sign. Signs of this kind are therefore not easy to find in corresponding catalogs or shops. you will be on application Approved to the state forest administration and open, legally secured, the closed forest paths of public property. "Back to overview
In summary, it can be stated that one looks at signs such as hunting protection, forest operation or forest supervision without coat of arms, signature or serial number can always get stuck to the windshield. So that it is then easy to use farm roads in the woods and meadows by car punishable and can in the event of an accident Insurance problems .
Is one with official authorization Out and about in the forest, for example as a hunter or to collect firewood bought from the forest, then you have previously submitted a corresponding application and received a permit. This permit has a defined period of validity (a few days or up to six months) and must be visibly stored in the vehicle. Without such a permit, you are not allowed to drive motor vehicles in the forest. "Back to overview
Farm roads are referred to independently of the paved roads if they mainly serve agricultural or forestry purposes and have no supra-local significance. This also applies to farm roads StVO. Naturally, compliance with these rules is not controlled very much here.
The set of rules for the permission to use forest trails is a matter of the state and in the corresponding Nature Conservation Act or State Forest Act to read. There are between the federal states here different rules. The common thread that can be recognized, however, is the use of farm roads forbidden isunless it is explicitly permitted. Violations will be according to the current Table of fines punished. "Back to overview
- Driving on forest roads without a permit costs about 25 Euros.
- Parking on and on forest paths without a permit also costs about 25 Euros.
- If violations of the Environmental Protection Act are found while driving or parking, can further fines are imposed up to an upper limit of 25.000 Euros.
- A right of way violation when leaving the forest path without endangering is also with 25 Euros warned
- With endangerment it is about 100 euros and one point, with an accident it's about again 20 Euros more. "Back to overview
In a judgment of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) from 1975 it is stated that it is a field, forest or meadow path if it mainly for management is used and should not serves for regional traffic development. This is to be assessed regardless of the way the path is paved.
So, if necessary, a well-developed and tarred path through the forest can also be used not without permission be driven on. The verdict is below that File number VI ZR 172/74 to read. The use of rural roads is permitted in accordance with the provisions of Federal Forest Act and the supplementary explanations of State forest laws. Basically, the ways just used for agricultural and forestry purposes. "Back to overview
It is inadmissibleTo use economic roads for motorsport, recreation or as a shortcut. Furthermore, it is not allowed to use the paths for commercial reasons that are not used for agricultural or forestry purposes. The forest paths do not have to be individually signposted with prohibitions. Use is generally prohibited by law. Authorized persons have one, if so Exemption (see topic above). These can be foresters, hunters or farmers. "Back to overview
Public and private forest paths are allowed with motor vehicles just drive on if there is a permissible Grund gives. The general recreation or excursions into the countryside, whether by car, motorcycle, trike or quads, are, as mentioned above, not permitted. If there is a permit, however, is the type of vehicle used no matter. The shepherd can tend his sheep by motorcycle and the farmer can drive to his field by car instead of the tractor, for example to check its condition.
Vehicles without a motor, such as bicycles or scooters, fall should not under this limitation. You can always go into the forest on a mountain bike as long as you stay on the trails. in the Gray area Legislation, on the other hand, includes special vehicles such as wheelchairs, electric vehicles or Segways. Most federal states do not (yet) have any valid regulations. As with mountain biking, however, you should pay attention to the paths not to leave. "Back to overview
It is interesting to know that that too Parking of cars, motorcycles and trailers on or on the edge of rural roads in general not allowed is without proper authorization. But mostly it will geduldet. However, approval can possibly be obtained from the responsible authorities or from the respective private owner. "Back to overview
In Germany, the use of forest roads is over at the federal level Section 14 of the Federal Forest Act regulated. In paragraph 2 of the paragraph, the federal states are granted the right to implement these regulations adapt to country-specific. However, these adjustments are outside the scope of the Federal Forest Act do not pry out. However, they can contain further regulations. If you want to look up the details at the state level, you have to look in the state forest law of the respective federal state. Further sources of information are the nature conservation legislation and the extended forestry laws of the federal states. "Back to overview
In Germany around 50% of the forest is in Privately owned. In addition to individual Individual Data Protection This also includes forests owned by Companies and foundations. The Federal Forest Act stipulates that entering private forest paths happened at your own risk. There is no traffic safety obligation of the respective owner. Mountain bikers, hikers or riders must come with a natural environment calculate. This includes roots, bumps, poorly visible stretches of road, falling branches, moisture, leaves and much more. In the event of an accident, the forest owner takes over no liability.
Furthermore, state laws generally allow private forest owners to use their property for other purposes, after agreement with the authorities, allow. It is also possible to charge a usage fee for this. Examples of this are forest parking spaces on private land, private toll regulations for the passage of property or permission to spend the night on the premises. "Back to overview
If you have a permit to use field, forest and meadow paths you have to contact the StVO keep. Due to the lack of traffic signs in the forest, the most important rule is the "right before left“Rule (Paragraph 8, Paragraph 1, Number 2 in the StVO). Also a mandatory one Speed limit there is not any. It is important to adapt the speed to the condition of the route used and to the visibility and weather conditions. If there is an accident, it will Single occurrences rated. Personal skills and the characteristics of the vehicle and, if applicable, the load are also included in the assessment.
If the way in the direction of public traffic the right of way must be given. The situation here is similar to a raised curb. If trains or other rail vehicles, such as draisines on tourist tracks, cross the farm roads, they have them Right of way according to Paragraph 19 of the StVO. Will the applicable traffic rules not adhered to and the violation is ascertained as evidence, will be punished according to the current catalog of fines. As long as the endangerment of others is excluded, the punishment usually remains with a fine or warning. If there is a risk to others, an additional point is due. "Back to overview
The illegal use of rural roads is one misdemeanor and no crime. An administrative offense leads to a fine or warning. The penalty framework of the Criminal Code (StGB) does not apply under normal circumstances. Care should be taken that the fines are not based on the Conservation laws to be determined. This can result in a much greater repentance. If operating fluids are lost, you can be quick to protect nature and the environment - in the case of serious violations - with fines of up to 25.000 Euros included. This assessment can also occur when parking or parking cars and trailers. The loss of hydraulic oil and an attentive forester at the same time are conceivable here. As a reminder - one drop of oil pollutes 1,000 to 6.000 liters of water, depending on the type of oil. "Back to overview
Can I use field, forest and meadow paths with motor vehicles?
- With the approval of the competent authority, I am allowed to use the relevant public utility roads. You commit an administrative offense without authorization. The use of farm roads on private property requires a Vereinbarung with the owner. Use at your own risk.
I drive an enduro or quad and want to drive off-road through the forest?
- That is not allowed. Provide motorsports or recreational rides none permitted use of forest paths.
What is the penalty if I do it anyway?
- In the event of a proven violation, fines and warnings can be paid up to 120 euros to be pronounced. If environmental regulations are violated (such as the loss of operating fluids), the fines increase dramatically. "Back to overview
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