Theme VI Barrier-free call toilets 7/24 hours

The basis for this page is the lack of compliance with the following provisions:

§3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, degrading treatment,
Basic Law (GG) §1, Dignity is inviolable and
GG §2, Right to physical integrity.

These are not observed with regard to the accessibility of public toilets 7 * 24 hours.

Contents of this page:

  1. Descriptions of the current state of public toilets
  2. Planned solutions
  3. Requirements for trucks and facilities
  4. Standardised national telephone number 1192
  5. Petitions for on-call toilets in the individual federal states of Germany
  6. Solution in the individual rail system ( Theme I)

1. Descriptions of the current state of public toilets

A comprehensive description is challenging, as every city and municipality has its own history and specific requirements. Although there are numerous positive examples, it is very rare to find a fully accessible toilet with a lift and bench.
There is a significant lack of public toilets that are accessible around the clock in general. Although some apps such as "Nette Toilette" have made progress in this direction, most toilets are still available during certain opening hours. Although the installation of toilet blocks is supported in many cities and is increasing, the demand still exceeds the supply.
In addition to the efforts of the general public, many working people also lack adequate toilet facilities in public spaces. These include not only bus and tram drivers, but also refuse collectors, police and security staff, cleaners and many other professional groups. On closer inspection, it becomes clear that the need for toilets is more far-reaching than initially assumed.

While it is easier to find public toilets in city centers with stores, there is a lack of solutions for many other spaces, including parks and playgrounds. There is an urgent need to address this basic need for all citizens in all areas of public life for 7 * 24 hours.
Our homeless are an additional challenge. These people are also entitled to a decent toilet facility.
Another point is, of course, economic efficiency. However, this problem is not addressed here, as there can only be individual solutions on site. But the problem of soiling remains and also causes costs. Furthermore, the use of public spaces as toilets is penalized.

Here is an example of a non-accessible portable toilet facility from Bangkok 

Examples of mobile toilet facilities
Mobile toilet facilities are already on the market. There is still a lot to be done in terms of accessibility.
Fahrbare Toilettenanlagen englisch.pdf
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2. Planned solutions

Hired mobile toilet facilities are provided at many events. Some are also barrier-free, but usually not in accordance with DIN 18040. Such cars are also available with trailers. 

Furthermore, some police authorities have purchased their own four-wheel drive trucks for their emergency services, which are used, for example, for demonstrations or very long deployment times. This also ensures the safety of the uniforms.

Whether these cars drive a circuit through the city, possibly with a timetable, or are ordered via the telephone number, or both, is left to the respective cities. The aim is to offer toilets 7 * 24 hours a day.

Almost all manufacturers offer a chassis plus driver's cab. An accessible toilet, similar to those on trailers, can be mounted on the chassis.
With the requirements listed here, barrier-free toilets can be used in cities as required. Corresponding tank containers are already available for motorhomes.
Here is a sketch. In the front area, the barrier-free toilet with lifting lounger and ceiling lift. In the rear area, possibly 2 toilets or a unisex toilet.




A simple example sketch of the floor plan for a toilet trailer. However, other variants can also be offered, depending on requirements.

3. Requirements for trucks and facilities

The cars should be accessible nationwide via the telephone number 1192 ( 92 = WC on the keypad).
Two different cars can be provided, depending on requirements:

  1. One car with a barrier-free call toilet in accordance with DIN 18040,
  2. additional cars with normal toilets, each with a washbasin.

Here is a not quite complete description of the requirements for the required:

a. Cars:

  1. Base cars can be a small truck without body approx. 3.5 or 5.5 to total weight,
  2. an electric drive should have priority,
  3. Electric lifting supports from the driver's seat for horizontal leveling,
  4. Lifting platform for barrier-free access to the toilet, without slope,
  5. reversing camera, front sensors, automatic parking system,
  6. Navigation system with voice control and destination transmission,
  7. radio intercom system,

and the
b. Equipment of the superstructures:

  1. DIN 18040 is the basis for the equipment,
  2. WC emergency call system,
  3. If necessary, a unisex toilet with washbasin can also be installed,
  4. Air conditioning with dehumidification,
  5. Roof awning on the lifting platform and entrance to the toilets,
  6. Large skylight without view with fly screen,
  7. Dimmable lighting, without light pollution,
  8. Solar system on the roof,
  9. Automatic cleaning of toilets and washbasins if necessary,
  10. Corresponding containers for water, hot and cold and waste water with very easy emptying and filling.

Here is the link to DIN 18040 (in German):

4. Standardised national telephone number 1192

In my petitions, I also applied for a standardised national telephone number. (perhaps it can also become an EU-wide number later).

The part 11 is system-related, this regulates the local network, making the local network code superfluous. 

Part 92 is linked to the letters WC on the keypad. It is therefore easy to memorise this number. 

5. Petitions for on-call toilets in the individual federal states of Germany

In view of the above-mentioned problems, the non-observance of human rights, corresponding petitions were submitted in all 16 federal states in Germany on 18.03.2024, including the nationwide number 1192. The texts have been adapted in accordance with the requirements.


Some confirmations of receipt have already been received.

The public petitions are listed here. Click on the button to go directly to the text of the petition.

Anyone can support these petitions, you do not have to live in the federal state.

It would be nice if many people would support these petitions.
Thank you very much.

published petition from Schleswig-Holstein:

published petition from "Rheinland-Pfalz"

published petition from Bremen

The first results of the petitions have now arrived. Unfortunately, or as expected, there has been no approval so far. I have summarised the reasons here:

  •     No responsibility of the state (although the federal government had written it), it is the municipalities and they are self-sufficient. So nothing can be done.
  •     the effort and the costs. They run into the millions per year, we have to be economical with the money,
  •     An OVG judgement states that people have no right to a public toilet, i.e. no subjective entitlement,
  •     the journeys made by toilet vehicles are a burden on traffic and increase the number of detours and traffic jams,
  •     parking the vehicles interferes with stationary traffic and is difficult in the city,
  •     the vehicles cannot be parked for cleaning,

Finally, I would like to quote another justification:

Rather, it is fundamentally the responsibility of citizens to take precautions with regard to any urination before staying in the area of the municipalities.

There is nothing to add to this, I am speechless.

If you don't want to, you can't, as we have already pointed out in the other problems on our pages.
We were on the moon in 1969 (when these toilet problems were solved), we fly supersonic and even travel in submarines, and there are toilets here too.


So we are going to expand our daily luggage a little:

A dry toilet, a folding toilet, a collapsible toilet or a portable toilet and

a changing robe, like on the beach, to avoid causing a public nuisance.

Of course, it will be something new in everyday life if someone unpacks their toilet and go to the toilet and do your business when it's urgent and the "nice toilet" is closed.

The Alpine Association also has some suggestions for this, but they would apply more to green spaces, the outdoor toilet, although the gardeners are happy about such deposits, as in the past between the trees at the motorway service areas, who doesn't remember, or is it still today?

Basically, it has to be said that everyone went to great lengths to reject the petition. Mostly over several pages.

But unfortunately the human problem has still not been solved.

But we are now reassured because we have a reason.


Perhaps the next World Toilet Day will bring us a little bit of attention, on 19 November.

6. Solution in the individual rail system ( Theme I)

Corresponding cars can be offered in the rail system. The cars listed above can also run in the system. No new cars need to be purchased for this. However, a car driver may no longer be required.

The cars can be requested as above via the number 1192. Customers get in and drive to a quiet safe place if necessary. The customer then selects their destination and gets out. The car then drives autonomously to the cleaning center.
The toilet cars can be requested 7*24 hours at any stop in the entire system. A low risk of misuse, soiling and damage remains, as with all current cars and public spaces.
Billing is based on the borderless European ticket system, see theme II.

If you find any errors, we are grateful for any advice.