Motor vehicle: Exemption from the obligation to wear belts and helmets

In special exceptional cases, you can - at your own risk - be exempted from the obligation to wear a seat belt or helmet.

In order to protect road users, the legislator and legislator has prescribed that seat belts must be worn while driving and that safety helmets must be worn when driving motorcycles.

However, it is possible to be exempted from this obligation upon request. The resulting significant security risk shall be borne by the applicant.

You may be exempted from the obligation to wear belts,

  • if it is not possible to wear seat belts for health reasons, or
  • if the height is less than 150 cm.

You can be exempted from the helmet wearing obligation if it is not possible to wear a safety helmet for health reasons.

The exemption permit is revocable and usually granted for a limited period of time, unless it is a certified/documented permanent condition.

If the conditions for an exemption are of a health nature, a medical certificate stating that the exemption to be applied for is absolutely necessary for medical reasons must be submitted. A diagnosis need not be included in the certificate.

To prove the height below 150 cm, a medical certificate or an official document must also be presented.

  • ยงยง 21a, 46, 47 Road Traffic Regulations (StVO),
  • Scale of charges for road transport measures (RFees) (fee no. 264).

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  • GebOSt

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