In order to avoid successive truck bans on heavy goods vehicles in two German federal states, the authorities of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony came to an agreement. They will shorten the nearest bans and make exceptions for certain routes.
The two regional authorities made the decision so as to to improve the traffic flow between them.
The arrangements between the federal states concern Reformation Day (31 October), which is a holiday in Lower Saxony, and All Saints’ Day (1 November), celebrated in North Rhine-Westphalia. As agreed, the duration of the ban on heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be limited on these days to between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (on a public holiday in the relevant federal state).
In addition, both federal states grant the right to drive trucks on important transit routes A1, A2, A30, A31 and A33 between 6 a. m. and 10 p.m. This regulation will apply if Reformation Day or All Saints’ Day falls on a Sunday.
The routes that can be used by trucks over 7.5 t on the upcoming public holidays (Reformation Day in Lower Saxony and All Saints’ Day in North Rhine-Westphalia), are as follows:
From the Lotte/Osnabrück motorway junction to the border between North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony in the area of the Osnabrück-Nord junction and in the opposite direction.
From the motorway junction Bad Oeynhausen to the state border Lower Saxony/Saxony-Anhalt and in the opposite direction.
From the Bad Bentheim border crossing to the Bad Oeynhausen motorway junction (A2 motorway) and in the opposite direction.
From the Schüttorf motorway junction to the border of Lower Saxony/North Rhine-Westphalia and in the opposite direction.
From the Osnabrück-Süd motorway junction to the Dissen-Süd junction and in the opposite direction.