Homeless people need fuel

Legal question of the day:

A spill of oil on the road is not just pollution. It also represents a significant safety risk for other road users. Especially for motorcyclists. It is therefore important to act quickly and prudently. But who pays the cost of a mostly expensive street cleaning?


Your car has an engine failure and is leaking oil? Or because of one Accident do oil, brake fluid and other operating fluids run onto the road surface? In order not to endanger the safety of others, you need to act quickly. Even if you may not be able to do anything about the oil loss. You commit one Administrative offense and have to expect a fine.

It is important that you set up a warning triangle and inform the fire brigade and police. These block the section of the route and ensure that it is cleaned. Depending on the road surface and the severity of the pollution, the fire brigade applies an oil binding agent. Or a specialist company carries out professional wet cleaning. Whichever type of cleaning is always the right one - you as the polluter must bear the costs.

The carrier of the road construction load has a claim for damages against you under Section 7 (1) of the Road Traffic Act (StVG). Since the damage was caused by the operation of a motor vehicle, your occurs Motor vehicle liability insurance a. You do not have to pay the cleaning costs yourself, but depending on the contract you have to expect an upgrade in the no-claims discount.

Have you been in a accident through no fault of their own Tangled and your car is leaking on every corner? In this case, the person who caused the accident or his / her motor vehicle liability insurance is responsible for assuming the cleaning costs. The claimant would in turn be the carrier of the road construction burden. This will stick to the perpetrator.