How did old cities manage road traffic

Public order office

In traffic monitoring, the most vulnerable road users, such as children, schoolchildren, elderly and people with reduced mobility, are protected by monitoring stationary and moving traffic as well as stationary and mobile speed measurement, and constant controls give them a fair chance to participate in daily traffic .

The monitoring of stationary road traffic as well as the observance of permissible maximum speeds with mobile and stationary monitoring devices is a legally mandated task. The term "stationary traffic" means parked vehicles. The prerequisite is that a vehicle is stopped by the vehicle driver and that there is a deliberate and voluntary break in the journey.

Basically, road users are assigned certain sub-areas for use when a road is expanded. For example, the road should only be used by vehicles. Sidewalks, on the other hand, are reserved exclusively for pedestrians. Deviations result from structural conditions or from traffic-regulating measures.

Children, pedestrians, the elderly and people with reduced mobility must be given special protection.

Special protection for weaker road users

For traffic monitoring, this results in the obligation to determine the improper use of parts of the road and, if necessary, to punish them. Particular protection applies to the "weaker" road users. These include pedestrians, children, the elderly or people with disabilities / impairments as well as cyclists who are in public traffic areas, especially in the pedestrian zones, other pedestrian traffic areas or on bike paths. Pedestrian zones, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings, cycle paths as well as road crossings and parking spaces for the disabled are therefore among the main focus of traffic monitoring.

Compliance with stopping bans can be life-saving

In order to ensure the safety and ease of road traffic, stopping bans are also monitored more intensively. The same applies to restricted stopping bans. Their arrangement is intended to give residents, businesses and their customers the option of charging at short notice, up to a maximum of 15 minutes. Parking is only permitted on sidewalks if this is expressly indicated by the corresponding traffic signs. If there is not enough space for pedestrians, towing measures cannot be ruled out.

Special attention is also paid to the fire brigade access and escape routes, as parking them is a threat to the life and health of the residents in the event of an emergency by the emergency services. The traffic-calmed areas, referred to by many road users as “play streets”, require a considerable amount of monitoring. All road users have equal rights here. Parking is only allowed in specially marked areas. Vehicles may only be moved at walking pace.

With current public safety threats, towing operations are inevitable. The majority of the measures concern illegally parked vehicles in special parking spaces for authorized persons with disabilities or impairments, in or in front of fire service entrances, pedestrian zones, traffic-calmed areas, on cycle paths or restricted areas as well as from the 5-meter areas of intersections or road junctions.

Monitoring the moving traffic
Image (image license / photographer / graphic designer): Michael Kerl, Ordnungsamt

Mobile & stationary traffic monitoring

The monitoring of flowing traffic by stationary and mobile speed measurement devices is also one of the core tasks of traffic monitoring. For all road users, speed compliance is a central regulation prescribed by law for road safety.

The main measuring points are the 30 km / h zones and routes to school, the surroundings of schools, kindergartens, retirement homes and hospitals as well as particularly speed-sensitive routes that are known due to the frequency of accidents or are named by the police. Remarks from residents of frequent speeding violations are checked by test measurements in the streets concerned and any violations found are punished.

We currently have the following stationary measuring systems in operation in Dortmund:

  • Stockumer Str. 57
    Speed ​​measuring system
  • Ruhrallee / corner of Eintrachtstraße
    Speed ​​measuring system
  • Mallinckrodtstrasse 282-292
    Speed ​​measurement system
  • Bundesstrasse 1 / corner of Lübkestrasse
    Combined red light and speed measurement system
  • Brackeler Str. 27
    Speed ​​measuring system and control of the transit ban environmental zone
  • Brackeler Str. 32
    Speed ​​measuring system and control of the transit ban environmental zone
  • Ostwall 17-21
    Speed ​​measurement system (operational since January 2nd, 2019)
  • Königswall / next to the football museum
    Speed ​​measurement system (operational since April 15, 2019)
  • Rhineland dam at the level of Westfalenhallen FR Unna
    Speed ​​measurement system (operational since April 15, 2019)
  • Hiltropwall at the Stadttheater FR West
    Speed ​​measurement system (operational since June 26, 2019)
  • Südwall outer ring (completion in 03/2020)


Please do not hesitate to contact us with all inquiries and messages about warnings due to parking violations - so-called "parking tickets" - or speed violations. In order to process your request in a targeted manner, we ask you to provide the respective cash register number and license plate number to the following e-mail address:
traffic [email protected]

Various stopping bans have been set up in the entire street area of ​​Dortmund's urban area in order to increase road safety at various points. Nevertheless, there is a need to legitimately park vehicles in no-stop zones, at least temporarily. For this purpose, it is possible to obtain an exemption, for example for relocations or furniture deliveries. Temporary parking or stopping bans can also be imposed by the road traffic authorities if, for example, larger events or tree cutting work are planned. There are also temporary changes to the otherwise free parking spaces at a BVB championship celebration.
However, the following applies here:
"If a vehicle that was originally parked has been towed from a subsequently established no-stopping zone, the person responsible only has to bear the costs if the traffic sign has been set up at least three full days in advance. There is no hourly calculation of the lead time. "
If you have any questions or comments on the subject of special parking bans, write to us at:
[email protected]

You can contact traffic monitoring at the following functional e-mail address if you want to find out more about parking situations or speed violations in the Dortmund urban area or if you want to complain. The traffic monitoring will pursue these inputs within the framework of the human resources in the course of the operational planning.
[email protected]

In addition to the detection of traffic offenses by the public order office, private individuals can also report stopping and parking violations.
The so-called private notification can be submitted in writing to the Ordnungsamt -Verkehrsicherung-, 44122 Dortmund, or to the email address: [email protected]

The notification must be sufficiently documented so that there is no doubt as to the legality of the warning to be issued. In the event of any subsequent legal proceedings, the ability to prove the traffic offense is of considerable importance.
Against this background, the following information on the detected administrative offense is mandatory:

  • Date of the detected offense
  • Observation period (at least 4 minutes in the case of parking violations, at least 15 minutes in the case of parking violations in traffic-calmed areas and in the restricted stopping ban due to permitted charging activity)
  • exact details of the crime scene (street and house number)
  • Charge
  • License plate and make
  • Meaningful photos of the vehicle and the situation (possibly also signs / markings, property access)
  • Name and address of the reporting person (witness)

The traffic offenses detected are to be recorded and reported separately from one another.

Please bear in mind that you will be named as a witness in the written hearing, including your place of residence, in the course of any possible fine proceedings that may be initiated, and that you would also have to be available as a witness in the event of any legal proceedings (Legal basis for the information provided by the witness: Göhler, OWiG, 15th edition 2009, § 66 Rn. 18 and RdErl. Of the Ministry of the Interior and Local Affairs from November 2, 2010 - August 43 - April 57, 2016).

The traffic monitoring department checks the received private report for completeness and decides on the initiation of administrative offense proceedings at its due discretion.

Due to the large number of e-mails received every day, traffic monitoring asks you for your understanding that it is not possible to provide feedback on every message.