Truck traffic bans in Germany in 2020
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Check out or list of days on which restrictions on heavy truck traffic in Germany apply.
In Germany, traffic bans include heavy goods vehicles with a total weight above 7.5 tons and heavy goods vehicles with trailers regardless of their weight. Restrictions apply to the entire road network on Sundays and public holidays from 0:00 to 22:00. However, please note that some holidays and associated traffic bans apply only to specific regions.
According to the Federal Office for Freight Transport (BAG), public holidays in Germany during 2020 when trucks are banned include:
10 April – Good Friday,
13 April – Easter,
1 May – Labor Day,
21 May – Ascension,
1 June – Pentecost,
11 June – Corpus Christi (only in the following Länder: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland),
3 October – German Reunification Day,
31 October – Reformation Day (only in the following Länder: Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia),
1 November – All Saints’ Day (only in the Länder: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland),
25 December – Christmas,
26 December – Christmas.
Additional restrictions during the holiday season
We want to remind you that during the summer, from 1 July to 31 August, trucks are not allowed to drive on Saturdays from 7:00 to 20:00 on some federal highways and roads.
Restrictions do not apply to everyone
Some trucks are exempt from the German Sunday and holiday bans. These are the vehicles that implement:
– combined freight (road-rail) from the sender to the nearest loading station or from the nearest unloading station to the recipient, but only within a distance not exceeding 200 km;
– combined freight (port and road) between the point of loading and unloading and the port, not more than 150 kilometres away (delivery and export);
– the transport of the following goods and empty journeys associated with them: fresh milk and fresh dairy products, raw meat and new meat processing products, fresh fish, live fish and new fish processing products, perishable fruit and vegetables.