On an early September afternoon in central Germany, a small convoy of trucks rolls through the city’s winding streets, the cars all piled high with dirt and sand.
These are the dirtiest of all the cars on the road, but there are others in a state of limbo, a kind of “bogus” state where they can’t be registered or tracked.
The drivers have no idea where they are, or if they will be tracked or fined for their participation.
As the convoy passes through the dusty city centre, it passes several dirt bikes parked on the street.
The driver of one of the bikes turns to me, his eyes wide and mouth wide open, his hands shaking as he talks.
“I think it’s a waste of money,” he says.
“We have no choice.”
The vehicles in this convoy are all on the verge of being abandoned.
The road has been blocked off for almost two weeks to allow construction crews to complete work on the new section of the Autobahn, which will bring the world the world road to a halt.
The project has been dubbed the “Great Wall of Dirt” by the government, but the real reason the road is blocked is because of the estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of sand and gravel that have been lost in the process of building it.
It has been estimated that this will take more than 10 years to clear.
A new, cheaper option to reclaim the landThe roads are the worst offenders.
It’s estimated that almost half of all cars on German roads are currently in this limbo.
They have been abandoned by their owners because they are not registered and are not tracked.
“There is a need to protect these cars and make sure that they don’t become a problem,” says Andreas Bausch, head of the Transport Department at the German Federal Office for Environment.
He says there is currently no clear legal definition of what constitutes a vehicle abandoned.
“What is an abandoned vehicle, and what does it mean?”
“In this case, if the vehicle is not registered it can also be the case that the owner has abandoned the vehicle.””
Bausch is one of hundreds of people from around the world who have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest against the new Autobahn. “
In this case, if the vehicle is not registered it can also be the case that the owner has abandoned the vehicle.”
Bausch is one of hundreds of people from around the world who have taken to the streets of Berlin to protest against the new Autobahn.
The vehicles that have already been cleared have all been damaged by the construction, with some damaged beyond repair.
“This is what we are trying to stop,” says Bauschi, a construction worker.
“It is destroying the environment, the people living in the vicinity, and our infrastructure.
We need to reclaim these roads.”
A new way to reclaim lost roadsWhile many have lost their vehicles in Germany, the number of people who have lost them to the construction industry is growing rapidly.
In Germany alone, the construction and engineering industry is estimated to have lost around 100,000 vehicles between 2001 and 2016, according to the Federal Association of Construction Contractors.
This figure is likely to rise as the country’s construction industry expands.
The construction industry in Germany has long faced criticism for its reliance on temporary workers and low wages.
This has caused an industrywide backlash against its employers, with many of them losing their jobs.
“Many construction workers in Germany are losing their job because they can no longer find the work they need,” says Sondre Lefebvre, director of the International Centre for Building and Construction Law.
“They have no income and they are desperate.
They are just being exploited.
It is not a question of just getting them work, it is about finding them a job.”
A lot of the vehicles in the dirt bike convoy were purchased by construction companies who were paying them between €5,000 and €10,000 a month, but it is estimated that some of these contractors have lost millions of euros in their dealings with the construction sector.
“These contractors are very happy with their investment and have no problem with it,” says Lefeweber.
“For many years, the companies paid workers in the region of €6,000 to €7,000 per month, and they had to pay €10 or €15,000, depending on the job.”
The government of the country is now looking to change this.
A plan is being discussed to re-register these vehicles, but for now they remain abandoned.
But this could be a very costly option for many of the drivers involved.
“Even though they can get some financial compensation, they cannot get their money back,” says Joachim Breid, director at the National Coalition of Motorists in Germany.
“When they go to the police, the police are always trying to get the money back