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The Chamber of Commerce (IHKN) in Lower Saxony wants to reduce traffic bans for heavy goods vehicles temporarily. All because of a new holiday that the land will celebrate next year.

 The local Chamber of Commerce wants to limit the hours in which it truck bans apply in Lower Saxony because of a new deadline introduced in the Highway Code. From next year, the land will celebrate the Reformation Day on October 31, as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. However, the Chamber decided that the ban on heavy goods vehicles on holidays that are not celebrated across the country would be reduced. It means that the ban will be valid from 7 o’clock in the morning to 20 o’clock in the evening, and not from midnight to 22 o’clock (as the recent ban is).

According to Hendrik Schmitt, director of IHKN, the new bank holiday in the state will be particularly problematic for the logistics industry. – The next day, neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) celebrates All Saints Day, which means two consecutive days of bans in NRW and Lower Saxony, explains Schmitt, quoted by Dekra (a German organization that deals with auditing and inspections in the automotive and industry sectors).

Lower Saxony companies from various industries, therefore, incur additional costs and must increase their workload to secure production processes and supply chains, ”adds Felix Jahn, spokesman for IHKN’s transport department.

Bans for trucks

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/ Oxfordian Kissuth

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