Tesla Touchscreen Can Lead To Driving Ban – German Court

A higher regional court in Germany as decided that adjusting the windshield wipers while driving can cost Tesla drivers a license and points.

Any Tesla driver that is caught trying to adjust the windshield wipers while driving, could be fined 200euro, he/she may be banned from driving for about a month, and maybe given points, a higher regional court in Karlsruhe, Germany, has decided.

The lower part of the touchscreen is where you find controls for the climate, heated seats and steering wheel, heated windscreens, media volume, and a shortcut to the rest of the car’s settings. This panel is permanently displayed and after a few hundred miles can be operated mostly without looking too closely.

A Tesla driver has been fined the sum of 200 euro, and banned for about a month, for violating article § 23 Abs.1a StVO.

According to findings, on the 15th of March 2019, the Tesla driver had an accident while trying to increase the speed of the windshield wipers due to heavy rain, and loss of focus on the road. The driver drove collided with a traffic sign and several trees.

According to the district court, this could have been avoided had it been the person involved had focused on the road, instead of being distracted by the touchscreen.

  • 1. The built-in touchscreen in the Tesla brand vehicle is an electronic device in the sense of § 23 Para. 1a S. 1 u. 2 StVO , the operation of which the vehicle driver is only permitted under the conditions of this regulation, without it being important which purpose the vehicle driver pursues with the operation.
  • 2. The setting of the functions required for operating the vehicle via touchscreen (here: setting the wiping interval of the windshield wipers) is therefore only permitted if the view is only briefly adapted to the screen based on the road, traffic, visibility, and weather conditions while at the same time looking away from the traffic situation.


Tesla has more work to be done for European markets.

It’s obvious that what works outside Europe for Tesla will not work in Germany. After a request from a fan on Twitter, CEO Elon Musk has revealed a smaller, European style version of the Cybertruck is “highly likely down the road.“, and he also confirmed few weeks ago that the Model Y that will be built in Berlin will be different from the Model Y we know today. “Berlin Model Y is the one to watch. That is a revolution in automotive body engineering (finally),” – Elon Musk.

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