End of CB radio in Germany in two years. Use while driving will be punished
Drivers who use the CB radio while driving will pay a fine – this is the result of the act adopted by the second chamber of the German parliament – Bundesrat.
At the end of last year, Germany tightened the provisions of the Road Traffic Act. From October 2017, it is forbidden to use mobile phones, smartphones, smartwatches, mp3 players, tablets, notebooks, dictaphones and disc players while on the move. The ban on using CB radio will take effect on July 1, 2020. The Act allows only handsfree operation mode of the above-mentioned devices without taking your eyes off the road.
The new regulations caused a storm
Germany is one of the few Western European countries that introduced similar regulations regarding CB radio. It is not surprising that the decision electrified transport industry organizations, producers and the drivers themselves. An appeal was even made to the then Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, to change the Road Traffic Act. In response, the Ministry promised a three-year transition period. Because there are no solutions on the market that allow the handsfree use of these devices, it means their withdrawal in 2020.
Fines for breaking the ban
The fines will range from 100 to 200 euros. In addition, if an accident or damage to property occurs through the use of any of these devices, the driver will have his driving permits withheld for a period of one month.