In six German states, relaxation of truck driving bans would have expired in the coming days. However, the regional authorities have already decided to extend the loosening. This is important information for drivers performing international transportation because Monday is a public holiday in Germany when truck driving bans would have applied otherwise.
The relaxation of traffic bans introduced in Brandenburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt were to end between 30 May and 1 June. However, federal governments have already decided to extend this extraordinary measure, although not all have yet decided to suspend summer traffic restrictions, as recently recommended by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
According to the information provided by GVN, the association of carriers from Lower Saxony, the relaxation of holiday and Sunday truck bans will apply:
– in Brandenburg until 30 September (there is currently no relevant regulation on the lifting of the summer ban),
– in Bremen until 30 August (without taking into account the summer traffic bans, as the routes subject to summer restrictions do not include motorways in this land),
– in Lower Saxony until 31 August (relaxation also applies to summer traffic bans),
– in North Rhine-Westphalia until 30 August (relaxation also applies to summer traffic bans),
– Rhineland-Palatinate until 30 August 30 (relaxation does not include summer truck traffic bans)
– in Saxony-Anhalt until 31 August (relaxation also applies to summer traffic bans).
Please note that the summer traffic ban applies in Germany on all Saturdays between 1 July and 31 August from 7:00 and 20:00. It applies to heavy goods vehicles with a GVW of over 7.5 tonnes and specific highways and federal roads.
We will keep you updated on further changes and exceptions. You can also check them on the map below: