Add two masks to car first aid kit to meet forthcoming German rules

U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Public Affairs

Stuttgart community members should be aware of a forthcoming change in host nation regulations regarding the contents of first aid kits which must be carried in vehicles. This change was first mentioned in the Host Nation News roundup of Feb. 9.

The German production standard for first aid kits (DIN 13169) was changed effective Feb. 1 to include two medical masks. They must be inside the kit, rather than simply inside the vehicle.

First aid kits complying with the previous standard may still be purchased and carried through a transition period of 12 months; the new standard has also not yet been codified in the German Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO).

Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to take a moment and put two medical masks in your first aid kit for safety reasons and to quickly and easily make the required change.

The new standard permits the removal of the 40x60cm bandage cloth (Verbandtuch) and one of the two triangular cloths which your existing kit should already have – good to know if you need space for the masks.

A potential fine of €5-10 may apply if the masks are not included in the kit once enforcement begins.