Many European Union countries suspended Sunday and holiday traffic bans for trucks when the coronavirus crisis began. In this article, you can find information on the most important countries in which the restrictions on heavy goods vehicles during Easter are relaxed this year.
All German states have relaxed Sunday and holiday lorry bans. However, these relaxations are not the same in each state. Regions differ in terms of the duration and types of exceptions, but all the states have lifted truck traffic bans for Easter.
Please note that in Berlin, the relaxation of the ban only applies to the transport of dry assortment, medical products and related empty runs. Also in Thuringia, only the transport of food, hygiene and medical products is excluded from the restrictions.
Austria extended the relaxation of traffic bans for trucks over 7.5 tonnes to 19 April inclusive. This also applies to the Tyrol weekend ban on A12 and A13 on the Brenner Pass.
France lifted weekend and holiday traffic bans for trucks until 20 April. Remember, however, the obligations imposed on drivers operating in France, e.g. having a supply of soap and water in the vehicle.
Truck traffic restrictions in Spain were lifted on 14 March, initially for 2 weeks. According to the government’s decision, the relaxation was extended for the entire duration of the state of emergency and includes:
– weekly traffic bans for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes,
– weekend and holiday bans for ADR vehicles,
– weekly, holiday and weekend ban on oversized transport,
– all traffic bans for heavy goods vehicles in Catalonia and the Basque Country.
Holiday traffic bans for trucks over 7.5 tonnes have been suspended for international transport until further notice.