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Traffic signs and transport facilities: change

Traffic signs (VZ for short) and transport facilities are used for traffic control. They are ordered by the authorities and must be observed by the road user on their own responsibility. Road signs include road signs, road markings, lighting displays, and signs of traffic posts. Traffic facilities are barriers, locking posts, parking meters, parking ticket machines, railings, shut-off devices, control devices as well as flashing lights and light signs ("traffic lights").

Any installation, modification or removal of traffic signs or transport facilities shall be subject to a traffic authority order by the competent authority.

Traffic signs and transport facilities can be divided into the following categories of road signs according to the Road Traffic Regulations (StVO):

  • Signs and instructions of the police officers (Section 36 StVO)
  • Alternating light signs, permanent light signs and green arrows (Section 37 StVO)
  • Blue flashing light and yellow flashing light (Section 38 StVO)
  • Traffic signs (Section 39 StVO)
  • Danger Signs (Section 40 StVO)
  • Regulation marks (Section 41 StVO)
  • Directional sign (Section 42 StVO)
  • Transport facilities (Section 43 StVO)

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, the large independent city and the independent municipality.

Competence is laid down in the Regulation on responsibilities in the field of transport (Administrative Transport).

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What are the fees?

Fees may apply. Please contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines need to be observed.

Applications / forms

An application may be submitted informally. It must contain a detailed explanatory statement.

What else should I know?

The competent authorities are grateful for indications of bad, unrecognizable, misleading or incorrect signs and/or markings as well as suggestions for improvement.

Traffic signs and transport facilities are affixed, maintained and removed by the road load carriers.

the Lower Saxony State Authority for Road Construction and Transport Administration for

  • Highways
  • Federal roads (exception: local transits in cities with more than 80,000 inhabitants)
  • National roads (exception: local transits in cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants)
  • County roads

The municipalities belonging to the district are carriers of the road construction load for the roads on their territory.


Text reviewed by the AG Municipal Editorial Board


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Straßenverkehr

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Martin Korte
Telephone: 05931 44-1150
B 150
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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