At the end of August, 10 federal states will see the end of the relaxation of traffic bans introduced and extended by local governments in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. The industry wondered if they would be extended. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport of one of the federal states has already commented on this.
The ban on truck traffic on Sundays and public holidays in Lower Saxony, as in 9 other federal states, does not apply in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of August. The suspension of restrictions was intended to guarantee the smoothness of the supply chain and the flow of the most critical goods during the coronavirus crisis.
Neither the transport industry nor companies have so far expressed a desire to extend this measure, so an extension of the exception is rather unlikely,” said Eike Frenzel, spokesperson for the Lower Saxony Ministry of Transport, in a statement to the newspaper “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung”.
It wouldn’t be the first federal state to give up the suspension of restrictions. As a reminder, the following federal states already resigned from extending the suspension of the restrictions, which expired – depending on the region – between 31 May and 30 June this year: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse and Saxony.
According to current information provided by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG), the relaxation of the truck bans expires at the end of this month in the following federal states:
Bremen (30 August),
Lower Saxony (31 August),
Hamburg (31 August),
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (31 August),
Rhineland-Palatinate (30 August),
North Rhine-Westphalia (31 August),
Schleswig-Holstein (31 August),
Saxony-Anhalt (31 August),
Thuringia (31 August).
We will keep you informed of any changes.