You have to communicate in supermarket parking lots – traffic law | News | taxi today – the independent and nationwide taxi magazine

You have to communicate in supermarket parking lots – traffic law | News | taxi today – the independent and nationwide taxi magazine
You have to communicate in supermarket parking lots – traffic law | News | taxi today – the independent and nationwide taxi magazine

If the operator of a supermarket or a hardware store orders the validity of the Road Traffic Act (StVO) by means of signs at the entrance to his car park, this only applies to the entrances and exits that have the character of a street. The priority rule “right before left”, on the other hand, does not apply to parking lot lanes that are used to find a parking space. There, drivers have to be considerate of each other and communicate with each other. This is how the Higher Regional Court (OLG) Frankfurt am Main ruled on June 22, 2022 in a case bearing the file number 17 U 21/22. The working group on traffic law in the German Lawyers’ Association drew attention to him on August 31, 2022.

In the case under discussion, a collision occurred in the parking lot of a hardware store, whose operator had posted the validity of the StVO, between a car coming from the right out of a lane and another vehicle in a lane along which parking spaces were also arranged. According to the regional court, the driver coming from the right should only have borne 25 percent of the damage. The one who came from the left then appealed. The OLG was of the opinion that both drivers had caused the damage together and should therefore each bear 50 percent.

Tramlines in parking lots are not intended for flowing traffic, which is why the priority rules of the StVO do not apply there, the court wrote. This is only different if the lanes created have “clearly and unmistakably street character” and it is already clear from their structural design that they are not used to search for free parking spaces, but to allow vehicles to enter and exit. The court cited the width of the lanes, sidewalks, hard shoulders or ditches as indications of such a “road character”. In this case, the lanes would obviously not have served the purpose of flowing traffic, since parking boxes were arranged along both lanes.

Such parking space judgments are also interesting for drivers of taxis and rental cars, who often spend breaks in supermarket parking lots. In the future, even more of them may head there if they want to quickly charge their electric taxis in between, as more and more energy suppliers are cooperating with supermarket chains and shopping centers and setting up their rapid charging stations there.

The article is in German

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