The Ramstein-Miesenbach Office of Public Order has been getting complaints about American residents who mow their lawns on Sundays and holidays.
Officials would like to remind Americans living on the economy to be aware of German quiet hours if they do not want to get into trouble with their German neighbors or German law enforcement.
Quiet hours determine when people must keep noise levels down.
Excessive noise is prohibited from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays and German holidays, and from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays. During that time, noise levels must be kept down as much as possible.
The use of lawn mowers or other motor-powered garden equipment is only permissible from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and is not permitted Sundays or holidays. Additionally, television sets and stereos must also be kept at an acceptable volume level during quiet hours.
Even outside the quiet hours, noise must be avoided if it might disturb other people.
Another noise factor is a running vehicle engine. For noise and environmental reasons, do not keep vehicles running when parked or warming up in winter.
People violating the quiet hour regulations can be fined.
For mutual respect and to keep the neighborly peace, officials ask American residents to kindly observe German quiet hours.
(Courtesy of Ramstein-Miesenbach Union Community Administration Office)