What does parking mean

Stopping or parking - we explain the difference


According to estimates, German cities collect around half a billion euros per year in fines and warnings for wrong parking or speeding violations in the 30er zone. The amount is estimated because many municipalities are silent about their income. Anyone who knows the traffic rules for stopping and parking well saves trouble and money.


What does “parking” mean, what does “hold” mean?


If you simply stop with your vehicle, you won't park with it for a long time. According to the road traffic regulations: If you park your vehicle for a maximum of three minutes and stay near it, you will stop. If you exceed the three minutes, you park. Important: In many places there is a so-called restricted parking ban, also known as a parking ban. In fact, you are only allowed to stop in appropriately signposted no-parking zones, not to park. Even a short stop is forbidden in areas where there is no stopping. If you want to park your vehicle for more than three minutes, you have to go to areas where there is no stopping.


Where can you park?


Basically, you can park anywhere in traffic where this is not prohibited and where it is explicitly allowed. Parking area markings or signs with a white P on a blue background indicate explicit parking areas. Without it, you can alternatively use the lane area as a parking area, provided that you do not prevent other road users from continuing there. Are suitable for parking

  • the right edge of the road
  • or a hard shoulder.

In a one-way street you can also use the left edge of the lane for parking.


Where are you not allowed to park?

The parking usage regulation restricts parking. Parking is prohibited in areas that are not permitted for car traffic, including sidewalks and bike paths. Parking halfway on the sidewalk is also not permitted according to the StVO, unless a sign clears pedestrian and cycle paths for parking cars. Those who park properly on sidewalks should avoid manhole covers and lowered curbs, as they are prohibited from parking.

Parking in the second row next to designated parking areas is also not permitted. If a car blocks the use of the actual parking area, parking there is at least not permitted. Occasionally, vehicle drivers in residential streets use every parking space, no matter how small, right up to the intersection, although parking is also prohibited near the intersection. According to the StVO, parking five meters in front of and behind intersections or junctions is prohibited. Property owners also privately sign driveways with a parking ban. This is basically superfluous, because drivers should know that parking is prohibited in front of entrances. Parking opposite a driveway is also prohibited if it obstructs the driveway.

Other areas where parking is prohibited


  • Bicycle protection lanes (areas marked with guidelines)
  • St. Andrew's Cross (for rail areas and level crossings: parking is prohibited up to five meters in town and up to fifty meters outside of St. Andrew's crosses)
  • Stop (no parking fifteen meters in front of and behind stop signs)
  • Pedestrian zone (areas blocked with no-entry signs, the no-entry zone includes a no-parking zone)
  • Priority road (parking is allowed in built-up areas, parking is prohibited outside of built-up areas in priority roads)
  • One-sided lane boundary (on the side of the road with a solid line, you can only park if there is three meters of space between the vehicle and the lane boundary)


Parking rules worth knowing


  • Men are allowed to park in women's parking spaces.
  • The faster one has priority in the fight for a parking space, by the way, even if a vehicle first drives past the parking space and then reverses it. If two cars arrive at the parking space at the same time, priority is given to the car entering in the direction of travel.
  • Parking spaces may not be kept free.
  • The parking time on the parking ticket must not be exceeded.
  • If the parking machine is broken at paid parking spaces, you can park here for free.


(Source: http://motorzeitung.de/news.php?newsid=390041)