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Old 29.05.2020, 13:19
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Re: Ugh...rude shop owners. Don't they need business right now?

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Why would it not be necessary to close the car trunk?

Impairied rearview mirror vision, exhaust being sucked back into the car and dizzying the driver, breaking the hinge and other damage to the car if you need to brake hard, are just a few very solid reasons to close it that come to mind immediately.

The German version of the OrdnungsBussenVerordnung speaks of "verlassen des Fahrzeugs". Like the English "leave", "verlassen" has two meanings:
a) exit, and
b) moving (far) away from and thereby losing control
I would think b) is meant WRT to the fine, otherwise it would be fineable to exit the car in order to open the garage door so you can drive it in. The hand brake alone kind of keeps the car under control in the sense that it won't drive off on its own, probably not even if a child happens to sneak in and change gear.
Well, the law says nothing about neutral/parking and parking brake. I also consider the parking brake is enough in a flat place.....but the law says engine off

Anyway, you need to be doing this in front of the police or cause an accident to get this law enforced.