Germany: when the ravages of the snow they are also a civic responsibility


The authorities should ensure mobility in the metrpolis and citizens must assume the tasks of cleaning

A snow plow works near the Brandenburg gate in Berl
A snow plow works near the Brandenburg gate, in Berlin.EFE

The germans look on with envy festival of snow that is celebrated in Spain and with some surprise to the chaos that is the heavy snowfalls have resulted in the traffic road and pedestrian in their cities, a situation that in Germany, extended, will be sinnimo of negligence. And not only of the administrations, which correspond to ensure the mobility in the cities, but also of the citizen. Because ms all of the fun that entails skiing in the streets or do muecos of snow all where the snow is scarce, the germans know that the snow that the climate change have been taken away, leaving goods, but also accidents and claims.

The legislation German, like many other passes are accustomed to heavy snowfall, contemplate those scenarios, establishes responsibilities even in the cleaning tasks, and provides penalties when they are violated obligations. The result is efficiency in a task against the snow that the Federal Court placed in the hands of the administrations and of the citizens. To the first, corresponds to the cleaning of the carriageway in order to recover as soon as possible the traffic. Second, the sidewalks.

Equipment, snow plows work during the nightfor the city to wake up with some semblance of normalcy. In the case of owners or tenants, and here include supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses, sidewalks should be clean before 7.00 pm, although if the snow is persistent must be clear access for as many times as necessary. The cmo is also expected to: leave a corridor of between 1 and 1.5 meters of access to dwellings and along the entire facade, so that pedestrians and prams, baby can move. Not doing so leads to a fine and, if an accident occurs by slip, the standard leaves open the door to claims for injury to owners, tenants or community residents. In Berlin, for example, an accident arising from breach of the obligations set out in the services of winter, can involve a fine of up to 10,000 euros.

In the task common than supposed to recover the normality in the cities after large snowfalls, the Federal Court also determines the materials to be used to accelerate the melting of the snow. Only allows the use of sand, salt and gravel and when it comes to cleaning areas that do not correspond to administrations, to the supply of this material corresponds to the neighbors. There is No relief provided in these cases, except when you hire a company to do the cleaning work. In this case, is 20%.

Even where nature allows it, on the passes used to manage snowfall, nothing is left to chance. To ensure the early operation of the railway transport, for example, you are prohibited from the residents of the areas nearest to you will move the snow to the same. The insurance companies advise their clients amontonarla in your garden, or in a parking lot, if they are according to the neighbors. So it can happen.

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