As of 1 January 2008, the obligation to use compulsory daytime running lights during the day, even if visibility is not impaired, has been revoked. However, daytime running lights may still be used during the day if the driver so chooses.
The following types of daytime lighting are permitted:
- Special daytime running lights alone (not combined with standard dipped beam, main beam or front fog-lamps)
- Standard dipped beam
- Passing lamp alone (without the rear position lamp)
- Front fog-lamps and dipped beam
- Front fog-lamps alone
A dipped beam is always required if visibility is impaired by rain, snowfall, fog and the like and at dusk and in the dark.
Two-wheeled motorcycles (mopeds, motor bikes) have to be driven with a dipped beam or with daytime running lights at all times.
Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology