Holiday truck bans: check where they apply on May Day
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Many EU countries have lifted the holiday and Sunday truck due to the coronavirus pandemic. Find out where they will still apply on the coming public holidays.
The relaxation of the holiday and Sunday traffic bans associated with the coronavirus pandemic is in force in the coming days in Austria, which has extended this measure until 17 May (but the sectoral ban in Tirol remains in force). Also in Germany on Labour Day (1 May) there will be no restrictions in nearly the whole country, as all federal states have abolished them for all types of transport (the relaxation in Brandenburg and Schleswig-Holstein expires on 30 September)
In Italy, on the other hand, the restrictions for trucks over 7.5 tonnes for international transport have been lifted indefinitely. Also in Hungary, the bans on heavy goods vehicles and agricultural tractors with trailers with GVW above 7.5 t do not apply until further notice.
Romania has also extended the lifting of the ban on trucks over 7.5 t on some roads (for details see our article on the subject), also on the eve of public holidays and on public holidays (30 April and 1 May).
In Croatia, as in Poland, the traffic bans have not been lifted. Therefore, trucks and combinations with GVW above 7.5 t and trucks and vehicles with trailers more than 14 m in length will not be allowed to travel on the roads specified below on:
– 30 April from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
– 1 May from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The restrictions apply to trucks only on the following national roads (D):
– D8: interconnection with D40 (Bakar junction) – Zadar – Split – border crossing Klek and Zaton Doli – Dubrovnik – border crossing Karasovici (Montenegro), except for the sections from the junction with D27 at the Sibenik Bridge to the eastern entrance to Sibenik (exit to D58), from roundabout Bilice in Solen to the junction with the commercial terminal in Stobrec,
– D9: Metkovic – Opuzen – D8,
– D21: border crossing Kastel (on the border with Slovenia) – Buje – Kanfanar junction, except for section D21 linking Kanfanar to Pula (interconnection with D66),
– D23: Zuta Lokva – Senj,
– D39: interconnection A1 Sestanovac – junction with D8 (Dupci),
– D66: Pula (A9) – Rasa – Opatija – D8,
– D200: Buje (D21) – border crossing Plovanija (on the border with Slovenia),
– D300: Buje (D21) – Umag,
– Z 5002: Novigrad – Tar – Porec – Vrsar (interconnection with D21),
– At the entrance to the port of Split and on its premises,
– At the entrance to the port of Zadar and on its premises,
The Czech Republic also did not abolish the restrictions on heavy goods traffic on public holidays. The Czech bans cover trucks and vehicle combinations with GVW above 7.5 t and apply on:
– 1 May from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The relaxation of the French traffic bans expired on 20 April and the authorities there have so far failed to inform about further measures in this regard. The French restrictions on trucks and vehicle combinations with GVW above 7.5 tonnes will therefore apply as follows:
– 30 April from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.
– 1 May from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The restrictions for trucks have not been lifted in Luxembourg. On public holidays, trucks with GVW above 7.5 tonnes are banned, whether with or without a trailer, on the following days:
– 30 April from 9:30 p.m. to midnight towards France and from 11:30 p.m. to midnight towards Germany
– 1 May from 12 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
In Poland, the Road Transport Directorate (ITD) only introduced a relaxation of truck bans on Easter Saturday. Traffic restrictions for heavy goods vehicles over 12 tonnes will therefore apply on the following dates:
– 30 April from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
– 1 May (Labour Day) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
– 2 May from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
– 3 May (Constitution Day) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Trucks returning to the country after international carriage are exempted from the bans.
In Slovakia, traffic bans apply to heavy goods vehicles with GWV above 7.5 t and heavy goods vehicles with GWV above 3.5 t with a trailer or semi-trailer. The closest one is valid on:
– 1 May from 12 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In Slovenia, the traffic ban applies to heavy goods vehicles and vehicle combinations with GVW exceeding 7.5 t. Trucks will not be allowed to travel on the roads thereon:
– 1 May from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
– 2 May from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.