Are bikes allowed to be towed?

What is routine with cars is problematic with two-wheeled vehicles: towing. Which measures are allowed in case of breakdowns or wrongly parked bikes?

Mostly it hits motorists, but of course motorcycles also sometimes stop because of a technical defect or have to be moved because of handicaps of passers-by. In a car, a tow rope or a tow bar is usually sufficient for removal. However, this form of breakdown assistance is not permitted by law for motorcycles, explains Tüv Nord. “Motorcycles may not be towed away”, the road traffic regulations in paragraph 15a make it unmistakably clear.

For safety reasons, two-wheeled vehicles must therefore be loaded either onto a van, a large station wagon or a vehicle trailer for removal after a breakdown. Switzerland is less strict on this issue and permits the towing of two-wheeled vehicles under certain conditions. Among other things, a rider must sit on the motorcycle to be towed and the rider must be able to release the rope immediately in an emergency.

Wrong parking in pedestrian zones less tolerated

A wrongly parked motorcycle usually does not even have a quarter of the area of a wrongly parked car. Therefore, many bikers are of the opinion that a wrongly parked motorcycle should generally not be used. The administrative court Mainz (judgement from 28.06.2012, Az: 1 K 1673/11/MZ) has destroyed this hope and/or opinion among bikers now. In a recent case concerning a motorcycle illegally parked in a pedestrian zone, it stated: “Motorcycles, scooters and two-wheeled vehicles may also be regularly removed from pedestrian zones and payment of the costs may be requested by the driver or owner. According to § 2 Nrn.1, 9-11 FZV it concerns likewise motor vehicles and alone the size difference to a passenger car does not change anything at the also by this existing danger for the pedestrians. It is legally irrelevant whether a specific disruption of pedestrian traffic was caused and whether, for example, the motor vehicle was at a relatively quiet time in a pedestrian-poor location (so-called edge area) of a pedestrian zone. An exceptional case, which can make a transfer appear disproportionate, is conceivable at most in night hours, when there is no pedestrian traffic at all. Vehicles parked in a pedestrian zone already pose a danger to pedestrians as such”.

Is it okay to tow motorcycles?

What is comparatively easy with cars is problematic with two-wheeled vehicles: towing. But of course motorcycles also sometimes break down due to a technical defect. What is the best way to get them out of town?

In the case of a broken down car, a tow rope or a tow bar is usually sufficient for removal. But motorcyclists have it a little harder in such a situation.

This form of breakdown assistance is not permitted by law for motorcycles, explains Tüv Nord. “Motorcycles may not be towed away”, the road traffic regulations in paragraph 15a make it unmistakably clear.

For safety reasons, two-wheeled vehicles must therefore be loaded onto a van, a large station wagon or a vehicle trailer for removal after a breakdown. Switzerland is less strict on this issue and permits the towing of two-wheeled vehicles under certain conditions. Among other things, a rider must sit on the motorcycle to be towed and the rider must be able to release the rope immediately in an emergency.

What is comparatively easy with cars is problematic with two-wheeled vehicles: towing. But of course motorcycles also sometimes break down due to a technical defect. What is the best way to get them out of town?
In the case of a broken down car, a tow rope or a tow bar is usually sufficient for removal. But motorcyclists have it a little harder in such a situation.

This form of breakdown assistance is not permitted by law for motorcycles, explains Tüv Nord. “Motorcycles may not be towed away”, the road traffic regulations in paragraph 15a make it unmistakably clear.

For safety reasons, two-wheeled vehicles must therefore be loaded onto a van, a large station wagon or a vehicle trailer for removal after a breakdown. Switzerland is less strict on this issue and permits the towing of two-wheeled vehicles under certain conditions. Among other things, a rider must sit on the motorcycle to be towed and the rider must be able to release the rope immediately in an emergency.

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Eddie S. Roberts

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