But what you might have not expected is to be treated differently when it came to paying traffic tickets. And it’s happening already!
A woman from Germany ran a red light in her SUV and she had to pay €150 ($156) more than the normal amount for such a traffic violation. The judge argued that her “boxy BMW” endangers traffic participants and other road users more than other types of cars.
According to the ruling seen by lto.de, a German Court can increase the amount of a traffic ticket if the violation committed is more serious. The judge considered the SUV a bigger threat than other cars in this case because of the elevated front end and boxy shape. Moreover, they argue that traffic lights are meant to protect road participants from collisions and such an event with an SUV would potentially lead to more injuries.
There was no chance at getting a lower fine. Turning the ticket into a warning was already considered far fetched.
The judge’s decision is not final. The BMW driver can appeal for a lower fine. But she's not guaranteed a win.
If you get a traffic ticket in Germany, the court will typically handle these cases. You will not be able to just pay and go on with your day.