American residents must obey quiet hours

Offices of Public Order in the KMC as well as the German-American Community Office and the 86th Airlift Wing Host Nation Office continue to receive complaints about American residents not respecting quiet hours in Germany.

Officials would like to remind Americans living off base to be aware of German quiet hours if they do not want to get into trouble with their German neighbors or the German law. The quiet hours determine when people have to keep noise levels down and stop loud activities outdoors or listening to loud music.

Excessive noise is prohibited from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays and on German holidays, and from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays. During that time, noise levels have to be kept down as much as possible.

The use of motor-powered lawn mowers or other garden equipment is only permissible from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays. They are not permitted on Sundays or German holidays.

Television sets, stereo equipment and radios must also be kept at an acceptable volume.

Even outside quiet hours, noise must be avoided if it might disturb other people.

Another noise factor is a running vehicle engine. Some parents who drop off their children at school bus pickup locations let their vehicle’s engines run. Due to 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)