About 1,3 million motor vehicles are registered in Berlin. A major part of them move through the streets of the city every day. The management of this large volume of traffic has to be carefully planned. The Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development sets the framework for traffic control in Berlin.
This includes identifying the planning requirements for road construction projects in Berlin.
Noise, air pollution and dangerous accidents are partly the result of car traffic and have a considerable impact on the life quality in a city.
The Berlin Senate Administration actively promotes safe and environmentally-sound transport system. Speed restrictions on certain roads are one of the main measures to alleviate the negative effects of car travel in Berlin.
Speed limit of 30 km/h at night
Like other major cities, Berlin is obliged to take steps towards reducing noise levels, which are particularly disturbing when we are asleep. Permanent traffic noise at night with a noise level of more than 55 decibel may increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Along Berlin´s main roads, up to 300.000 people are affected. Therefore, to lessen noise at night time, Berlin implemented a speed limit of 30 km/h on certain roads.
The "Speed-30" ("Tempo 30") concept is not the only measure towards reducing noise levels, but a very efficient one which can be implemented in a timely manner. Along the most heavily used roads it was therefore examined where a maximum number of residents can be relieved without affecting the BVG metrolines and the main streams of nightly traffic too much.
Controlled parking zones
In many inner-city streets the demand for parking space is greater than the existing supply. This is where controlled parking zones come into play, as they have an effect on the supply of car parks and controls the demand for parking space.
Controlled parking zones involves paying for car parking on the highway. Berlin currently manages about 67.100 parking spaces in 33 parking areas. The managed areas include a total surface of 2.160 hectare.
This map shows the existing six controlled parking zones in Berlin (as of June 2008). It should be noted that the development and management of these areas is the responsibility of the Berlin boroughs ("Bezirke"). For more information please contact the borough offices where more up-to-date information might be available.
Mobile phone parking
More information on mobile phone parking is available on the website
Resident parking permits
Residents who live in a controlled parking zone and who are formally registered at this address, can apply for a resident parking permit, which enables them to park in their area throughout the year. Resident parking permits have to be ordered at the respective borough office (pdf; 14 KB)