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Guideline - traffic sign plan

The “application for an individual order” is complemented by a traffic sign plan (VZP) in which the measure to be applied for have to be illustrated.
The Central Road Transport Authority requires a certain standard when submitting traffic sign plans.
This is intended to ensure a smooth approval process.
If necessary, it is advisable to seek professional support in creating the traffic sign plan if the planned measure interferes with the flow of traffic (e.g. closures, diversions, bus routes, etc.).

When independently creating traffic sign plans, the following information should be observed:

  • The location of the measure must be inspected before submitting the application.
  • The VZP must correspond to the current local conditions.
  • Hand sketches cannot be approved.
  • Individual VZPs may need to be prepared for no-parking zones and closures for clarity.

For example, use the right margin area to enter all information relevant to the measure:

  • Applicant company
  • Filming location
  • No-parking zone for fleet (basic, technology), no-parking zone for filming with the following information:
    - Type of measure with details of the traffic signs to be used (e.g. HVZ with VZ283 and additional signs) and/or rule plans to be used (RSA 21)
    - Date and period of validity of the measure(s)
    - Location of the measure(s) with the name of the street(s) to be used
    - Extension of the measure(s) with start and end points
    - Securing structures with a standard plan to be used (RSA 21)
  • Space for the approval stamp of the central road traffic authority
  • Use suitable maps.
    For example:
    -  FIS-Broker (stadt-berlin.de) - detailed online map tool for Berlin. The following maps contain good landmarks -  Map with trees
    -  Map with light poles
    -  Geo basic data online - Berlin.de – property cadastre. Note: Registration required
    -  BRANDENBURGVIEWER (geobasis-bb.de) () – Cadastral and geodata Brandenburg
    -  OpenStreetMap
    -  Other useful tools: information cards / construction sites / road guide
     
  • Draw all existing elements of the public road area relevant to the measure(s) as well as landmarks in order to reflect the local conditions. These include:
    -  North arrow
    -  Street names
    -  Building/property boundaries with house numbers (clearly legible)
    -  Entrances and exits
    -  Walking and cycle path
    -  Existing signage (in gray)
    -  Disabled parking spaces (preferably with a number)
    -  Electric/car sharing parking spaces
    -  Light poles (with number)
    -  Trees (with number)
    -  Construction sites
    -  If necessary, advertising pillars, power boxes (if necessary with a number), glass containers, water pumps, traffic lights, zebra crossings, etc.
     
  • Draw in all traffic signs, blocking elements and symbols that are relevant to the measure(s) :
    -  Traffic sign with VZ number.
    -  Extension of the measure(s) with start and end points including meter information
    -  If necessary, naming the no-parking zones with different letters, for example, if they relate to different validity periods
    -  If necessary, draw symbols for lighting units, camera tripods, vehicles with routes, etc. to represent the requested measure

The traffic signs, symbols, landmarks, etc. used for the traffic sign plan must be listed in a legend.


Example/sample traffic sign plan

In coordination with the Central Road Traffic Authority, the following sample traffic sign plans serve as guidelines: 


FAQs traffic sign plan

The most common traffic signs can be found in the templates on the BBFC website (tbc link to templates). Further traffic signs in very good quality can be downloaded from the “German Traffic Safety Council” website.

The following essential information must be entered in the (e.g. right) margin area:

  • Applicant company
  • Filming location
  • No-parking zone for fleets (basic, technical), no-parking zone for filming with the following information:
    - Type of measure with details of the traffic signs to be used (e.g. HVZ with VZ283 and additional signs) and/or rule plans to be used
    - Date and period of validity of the measure(s)
    - Location of the measure(s) with the name of the street(s) to be used
    - Extension of the measure(s) with start and end points
  • Space for the approval stamp of the Central Road Transport Authority

The VZP must always correspond to the current local conditions. The inspection must also be confirmed in the application form.

All existing elements of the public road that are relevant to the measure(s) as well as orientation points must then be included in the VZP sketch.
These include:

  • North arrow
  • Street names
  • Building/property boundaries with house numbers (clearly legible)
  • Entrances and exits
  • Walking and cycle paths
  • Existing signage (in gray)
  • Disabled parking spaces (preferably with a number)
  • Electric/car sharing parking spaces
  • Light poles (with number)
  • Trees (with number)
  • Construction sites (ideally with an indication of the expected duration)
  • If necessary, advertising pillars, power boxes (if necessary with a number), glass containers, water pumps, traffic lights, zebra crossings, etc.

In addition to the relevant existing elements and landmarks of the location, all traffic signs, barrier elements and symbols that are relevant to the measure(s) are to be introduced:

  • Traffic sign with VZ number
  • Extension of the measure(s) with start and end points including meter information
  • If necessary, naming the no-parking zones with different letters, for example, if they relate to different validity periods
  • If necessary, draw symbols for lighting units, camera tripods, vehicles with routes, etc. to represent the requested measure

Most location managers and applicants in Berlin use programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote (free for Apple users).

In principle, the creation of a VZP is not tied to any specific software. However, it is important to ensure that the VZP created can be displayed in good quality.

The BBFC also provides templates for the above programs free of charge on the website.