How to avoid parking in Singapore

The dead end - Traffic signs and regulations

Which traffic rules apply in a dead end?

Many residents know dead ends very well. They can often be found in residential areas. These are streets that are only accessible from one end. What most do not know, however, is which traffic rules apply here. Where can you park here, who has right of way? These and other questions are answered in the following article.

Dead end road sign - which variants are there according to STVO?

The sign for a dead end: An upside down white T with a red horizontal line on a blue background (traffic sign dead end No. 357 StVO).

It means the road doesn't go any further. To leave the dead end, you have to drive it back, i.e. turn around or drive backwards. There are 3 variants of the:

Can I drive backwards in the dead end?

If there is no possibility of turning, you can also drive backwards in the cul-de-sac. The additional sign no. 2024 "no turning possibility" draws attention to this fact.

When reversing, you should be particularly careful not to brush against parked cars or overlook passers-by. The right-before-left rule also applies when reversing. If you left a cul-de-sac backwards, you could possibly have right of way from traffic coming to the right. However, it is very advisable to feel your way slowly.

Note: The right of way is described in Section 8 of the StVO. Since reversing is not explicitly mentioned here, the reverse applies that reversing cars are not excluded from the rule.

Can I park in the direction of travel in Sachgasse?

We often mistakenly assume that there is no general parking ban in cul-de-sacs. It is not true that parking is only allowed for residents.

The cul-de-sac is a street like any other, just with one open end. The same parking rules apply here. In contrast to one-way streets, parking is only allowed in the direction of travel.

  • No parking in curves
  • No parking in blind spots
  • No parking in narrow spaces (distance to the opposite edge of the lane at least 3 meters)
  • No parking in the no-stopping zone / no parking zone
  • No parking in front of lowered curbs

Note: Dead-end streets cannot be one-way streets. They do not lead any further and must therefore be left in the opposite direction of travel. Therefore, parking in one-way streets is only allowed in the direction of travel.

Parking in the opposite direction of travel is not permitted even if the one-way street does not have a turning hammer. There are other ways of turning (in several trains via a property entrance or directly on the street).

Who has right of way in the dead end?

Basically, in the dead end street - unless otherwise indicated - right before left. Since a cul-de-sac usually has no branches, the right-of-way rule is not relevant. No right of way has to be granted at exits or lowered curbs.

Conversely, there is the possibility that when exiting the cul-de-sac, one has the right of way back to the road that continues.

This is indicated by the corresponding signs (road sign no. 301 give way).

Note: Be careful with lowered curbs. Even if it is not an equal road and you have right of way, you should be prepared for road users who do not know the rule.

Dead end: What fines do I face if I ignore them?

Since the StVO also applies in a dead end street, the same rules apply here as on other public transport routes - and thus the same fines and penalties.

You have parked in the cul-de-sac, although traffic signs forbid it10 EUR
15 EUR
20 EUR
They parked in a cul-de-sac against the direction of travel15 EUR
You have broken the rule "right-before-left" in a dead end
20 EUR
100 EUR1
120 EUR1
You have backed up in the dead end
80 EUR1
100 EUR1
You have turned in the dead end
80 EUR1
100 EUR1

Advantages and disadvantages of a dead end?

For residents, dead ends have the advantage that they help calm the traffic. Short dead ends have a particularly low volume of vehicles.

The disadvantage is that large vehicles, such as those used for garbage collection or furniture haulage, often have little space to maneuver, especially if there is no turning hammer.

There are communities in which residents of a cul-de-sac have to bring their garbage to a designated pick-up point because the garbage truck cannot drive here. Depending on the local conditions, citizens may be obliged to bring or cooperate, especially if access is restricted.

Another disadvantage for residents is that they are cut off in the event of a road closure.

Summary - the most important in a nutshell

  1. Dead-end streets are streets that can only be driven on from one side and which stop at a certain point.
  2. If they have a turning hammer, you can turn there. However, if you do not have the ability to turn, you either have to leave the road reversing or turn around at suitable points (e.g. entrances and driveways to properties).
  3. Some dead ends are open to pedestrians and cyclists. These are marked accordingly.
  4. In dead ends, the road traffic regulations apply, as do their rules, as well as the fines and penalties for traffic violations.
  5. Dead-end streets are - if I have explicitly signposted them - no one-way streets, as one leaves them when turning in the direction opposite to the entrance.