General driving bans/restrictions that apply to heavy goods vehicles in Germany - EURO

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Traffic with vehicles whose dimensions, axle loads or total masses exceed the limits generally authorised by law requires a permit in accordance with Section 29 (3) StVO. The licensing and authorisation authorities of the federal states are responsible for this.

According to Section 30 (3) Sentence 1 StVO, trucks over 7.5 tonnes and trucks with trailers are not permitted to drive on Sundays and public holidays between midnight and 10 pm. This applies to the entire German road network. Exceptions are regulated in the aforementioned regulation. Applications for exemptions must be submitted to the road traffic authorities of the federal states.

The following public holidays in Germany must be taken into account:

  • 1 May Labour Day

  • 9 May Ascension Day

  • 20 May Whit Monday

  • 30 May Corpus Christi (Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt, Köln, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Gelsenkirchen)

The Holiday Travel Ordinance prohibits trucks with a maximum permissible mass of over 7.5 t and trucks with trailers from driving on the motorways specified in Section 1 (2) (sign 330.1 of the German Road Traffic Regulations) and the federal roads specified in Section 1 (3) on all Saturdays from 1 July to 31 August of each year between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the commercial or paid transport of goods, including associated empty runs.

Exemptions for the above-mentioned driving bans can be applied for via