The RIDE tool for local authorities’ road safety obligations

Our Road Infrastructure Detection and Evaluation Tool (RIDE) is an app and web-based tool for recording road conditions to ensure road safety. Local authorities are responsible for road safety in their area of responsibility. This responsibility is laid down by law as part of the duty to ensure public safety. Our tool helps municipalities to fulfill this obligation quickly and sustainably. Take precautions now, digitize and automate the recording of road conditions.

The most important features at a glance

App-based

Direct access via app with timestamp and geocoordinates

Fast acquisition

Intuitive and compact input screen for recording

Digital

Digital, cross-platform and sustainable storage

Automation

Semi-automated recording of road conditions and documentation with photos

Record and analyze status and identify hazards

Municipalities have a duty: The duty of municipalities to ensure road safety is a legal principle laid down in the German Civil Code (e.g. § Section 823 para. 1 BGB – liability for damages and § Section 839 para. 1 P. 1 BGB – Liability for breach of official duty). It defines the responsibility of municipalities for public road safety in their area of responsibility. Municipalities are therefore obliged to minimize danger spots in order to ensure the safety of road users.

This duty includes a number of specific tasks and responsibilities, including, for example, the specific duties of local authorities within the scope of the duty to ensure road safety:

  1. Regular inspections and maintenance: Local authorities must regularly inspect and maintain roads and traffic routes in order to identify and eliminate potential hazards. This also includes the inspection of bridges, road surfaces and traffic signs.
  2. Safety measures: As soon as a hazard is identified, the local authorities must take appropriate safety measures. This can include, for example, repairing potholes, installing railings on bridges or diverting traffic around roadworks and much more.
  3. Marking and lighting: Hazardous areas must be clearly marked and, if necessary, illuminated. Traffic signs, traffic lights and markings are essential to warn road users of potential hazards.
  4. Traffic management: During construction work or temporary changes to the road, local authorities must divert and manage traffic safely to prevent chaos and accidents.

Penalties for non-compliance with the duty to maintain road safety

Failure to comply with the duty to maintain road safety can have serious consequences for local authorities. These consequences vary depending on the severity of the breach of duty and the damage incurred. Here are some of the possible penalties and consequences:

  1. Claims for compensation: If a road user is injured or their property is damaged due to inadequate road safety, the person concerned can claim compensation from the local authority. This can result in considerable financial burdens for the municipality.
  2. Criminal consequences: In the event of gross negligence or intent, individuals responsible within the municipality can be held criminally liable. This can lead to fines or even imprisonment.
  3. Fines: Local authorities themselves can be fined by the competent authorities if they fail to comply with their duty to ensure road safety. These fines can be substantial depending on the severity of the offense.
  4. Judgments against municipalities: In the past, judgments have already been handed down against municipalities in which they were ordered to pay damages or compensation for pain and suffering because they had not fulfilled their duty to ensure road safety. Such judgments serve as a warning to other municipalities and emphasize the seriousness of this duty.

Take precautions and mitigate potential dangers at an early stage

The duty of local authorities to ensure road safety is of great importance, as it is intended to guarantee road safety. Failure to comply with these obligations can have considerable legal consequences, which can affect the municipalities not only financially, but also in terms of their reputation. To protect themselves against possible claims for damages, criminal consequences and fines, cities and municipalities should take precautions.

It is crucial that local authorities, for example carry out regular inspections and maintenance to minimize hazards and ensure road safety. Cities and municipalities can also use digital tools to detect dangerous areas in the road network in good time. The Initiative for Safe Roads, for example, offers an internal local authority reporting portal for danger spots. Here, all municipal employees can report potential danger areas in a simple and structured manner in a portal so that remedial action can be taken promptly. Optionally, the portal can be supplemented by danger spots reported and generated by the public and other bodies (citizen participation and police accident data, among other things). Local authorities can access all this data, collected in a digital hazard map with extensive evaluation and analysis options, manage hazards and communicate internally and externally via the tool.

All of these measures, which cities and municipalities can take to fulfill their traffic safety obligations, not only protect the safety of road users, but also ensure the well-being of the community and its residents.

External recording by the crowd (optional)

They do not have the staff to record the road conditions. No problem. With the help of our Crowd, we offer you the option of having your data recorded externally. The data is provided to you digitally in your RIDE interface.

Interested? We are also happy to answer your questions personally at 0228 – 76 38 69 00