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What truck bans are in place in Europe in the coming weeks? For starters, on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day restrictions will apply to trucks in most countries, despite the pandemic.

In addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday traffic bans in some EU countries, restrictions will also apply on Christmas Day and in the days leading up to the holidays in December. The situation will be similar when it comes to New Year’s Day.

Here is a list of the upcoming traffic bans for trucks:

8 December (Tuesday)

Austria – from midnight to 10 p.m. The ban applies to tractors with trailers with GVW of the tractor or the trailer over 3.5 tonnes, trucks, articulated vehicles with GVW exceeding 7.5 t.

Liechtenstein – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight. In Liechtenstein, the driving restrictions apply to heavy goods vehicles with a GVW of more than 3.5 tonnes and vehicle combinations with a GVW of more than 5 tonnes.

Italy – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., heavy goods vehicles and vehicle sets with GVW exceeding 7.5 t will be banned.

24 December (Thursday, Christmas Eve)

Croatia – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The restriction applies to all vehicles and vehicle combinations with a GVW of over 7.5 tonnes.

Czech Republic – from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The ban applies to trucks and vehicle combinations with GVW above 7.5 t.

France – from 10 p.m. to midnight. During this time, vehicles with a GVW exceeding 7.5 t must not be on the road.

Luxembourg – from 9.30 p.m. to midnight, a ban on all roads to France; from 11.30 p.m. to midnight, a ban on all roads to Germany. Restrictions apply to vehicles with GVW over 7.5 t, with or without a trailer.

Slovakia – from midnight to 10 p.m. The ban in Slovakia applies to trucks and vehicle combinations with GVW above 7.5 t.

Hungary – from 10 p.m. to midnight The ban applies to trucks, agricultural tractors with trailers with GVW above 7.5 t.

25 December (Friday, Christmas)

Austria – from midnight to 10 p.m. The ban applies to tractors with trailers with GVW of the tractor or the trailer over 3.5 tonnes, trucks, articulated vehicles with GVW exceeding 7.5 t.

Croatia – from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Czech Republic – from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

France – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Liechtenstein – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight.

Luxembourg – from midnight to 9.45 p.m. – towards both France and Germany.

Germany – from midnight to 10 p.m. HGVs with a GVW greater than 7.5 t and trucks with trailers are not allowed to drive on German roads during this time. The exceptions are the two federal states which have lifted restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, namely North Rhine-Westphalia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Poland – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ban applies to heavy goods vehicles with GVW above 12 t.

Slovakia – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Slovenia – from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The traffic ban applies to heavy goods vehicles and vehicle combinations with GVW exceeding 7.5 t.

Switzerland – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight. The Swiss ban pertains to vehicles with GVW over 3.5 tonnes.

Hungary – from midnight to 12 a.m.

Italy – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

26 December (Saturday, second day of Christmas)

Austria – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Croatia – from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Czech Republic – from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

France – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Liechtenstein – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight.

Luxemburg – from midnight to 9:45 p.m.

Germany – from midnight to 10 p.m. (with the exception of the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania).

Poland – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Slovakia – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Slovenia – from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Switzerland – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight.

Hungary – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Italy – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

31 December (Thursday)

Croatia – from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

France – from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Luxembourg – from 9.30 p.m. to midnight, a ban on all roads to France; from 11.30 p.m. to midnight, a ban on all roads to Germany.

Hungary – from 10 p.m. to midnight

1 January (Friday, New Year’s Day)

Austria – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Croatia – from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Czech Republic – from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

France – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Liechtenstein – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight.

Luxemburg – from midnight to 9:45 p.m.

Germany – from midnight to 10 p.m. (with the exception of the abovementioned federal states).

Poland – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Slovakia – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Slovenia – from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Switzerland – from 12:00 a.m. to midnight.

Hungary – from midnight to 10 p.m.

Bans for trucks

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