I recently received a letter from Europcar informing me of a traffic violation incurred in Rastatt while driving their rental car, they were obliged by German law to supply my name and address information to German law enforcement. Presumably I will be receiving a similar violation from Germany as the one you have shown.
I took the liberty of translating the relevant text from the back of page 1, using Google Translate:
To avoid legal disadvantages please note carefully!
- Due to the misdemeanor, you will be cautioned and charged with a fine (56.56 dfes of administrative offenses). The warning will only take effect if you agree with it and pay the warning amount on the other side in due time. The infringement can then no longer be prosecuted as an administrative offense. If you agree with the caution, please pay the stipulated caution money within one week of receipt of this letter with attached payment receipt.
- If you disagree with the warning, you are hereby given the opportunity, pursuant to § 55 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, to comment on the allegation; It is up to you to comment or not to testify. If you comment on the allegation, you will be judged on the basis of your information, whether the procedure will be adjudicated or issued without further statement by the authorities, a fine with costs is connected. In any case, even if you have not committed the misdemeanor, you are obliged to correct and complete any
incorrect or incomplete information about yourself by means of a questionnaire (by filling in the box below "Personal Information"). The breach of this duty is threatened with fine by 111 OWiG.
- If you have not committed the offense yourself, please inform the authority mentioned overleaf of the person responsible. Although you are not required to do so, you must expect, among other things, that you can be seen as a witness in the procedure as to who is responsible. As a witness, you can only deny the statement (52, 55 of the Code of Criminal Procedure) if the person responsible is a dependent (eg, spouse, elders, children, fiancé) and exposes himself to danger of persecution were suspend.
- As far as it concerns a halt or a parking offense, you as a holder of the motor vehicle, the costs of the procedure can be imposed if the driver can not be determined (25 a StVG). You will be given the opportunity to volunteer within a week of receiving this letter.
- If, in the event of an irregular road traffic offense, it is not possible to ascertain who was driving the vehicle at the time of the offense, the holder of the motor vehicle may also be required to keep a logbook in accordance with 31a of the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations.
- Warnings are not registered in the Central Vehicle Register.
- Until the procedure is completed, your data will be stored in an automated file.
Personal information (only complete if the information on the front page is incorrect or incomplete)
First name / name / Nationality
Postal code / city / telephone (optional) / birthday
Street / house number / place of birth
Information on the legal representative (voluntary information for persons up to the age of 18)
Name of the law. Representative / Father-Mother-Guardian (check as appropriate)
Postcode / City / Street / House No.
Information on the matter (voluntary information)
Will the traffic violation be added? Yes-No (check as appropriate)
(If no, please explain below - if necessary, separate sheet)
Place / Date / Signature / Reference: (please always indicate when replying)
Well, I see no difference between your case and mine, some traffic violation occurred, and local authorities in some German city will be expecting payment.
I can only hope this does not affect my ability to drive in Germany in future years. The letter from Europcar did not seem to preclude the possibility of renting from them again, and as someone else mentioned in their answer, it seems that the statue of limitations on minor violations is very short indeed.
As to your concern of entering Germany on some future trip, and finding your entry into the country blocked due to minor violations, this is a non-issue if you enter the EU from some other point of entry. I found out this past year by flying from the U.S. to Germany via Iceland - my "point of entry" was considered to be Iceland, and when I stepped off the Iceland flight in Germany, arrivals were treated as locals, there was NO customs checkpoint as for flights arriving directly from the U.S. Alternately, you could pick someplace like Paris as your EU point of entry, and take a bus or train into Germany, there are no borders in the EU (except for Switzerland!)
Hope this helps somebody else in the future!