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Federal Minister Scheuer:

Many people are only now realizing that our HGV drivers are doing a tough job, with or without corona crisis. They keep up the flow of goods and ensure a stable provision of supplies. They urgently need functioning and clean sanitary facilities and good food when they travel along our motorways. We are doing our best to ensure this. To this end, we are in regular close contact with the responsible federal states and the private operators of rest areas and truckstops.

Further information on road transport can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Goods Transport (in German).

Current information on cross-border travel can be found here.

Information on road transport (as at 07/04/2021)

  • The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the federal states have agreed on suspending the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays for HGVs carrying vaccines until 30 June 2021.
    Moreover, the federal states adopted rules to suspend the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays for the transport of goods of any kind. It is suspended nationwide until May 16th, 2021. Some countries have already extended this deadline.
    Overview: Exemptions from the HGV driving ban on Sundays and public holidays in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic (as at 07/04/2021) (German only)


  • Extension of certificates and licenses:
    Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of the European Parliament and of the Council entered into force on 28 May 2020 and was directly applicable in all Member States from 4 June 2020.
    Due to the second Covid-19 wave, the European Parliament and the Council recently adopted Regulation (EU) 2021/267; this Regulation entered into force on 23 February 2021 and will have direct effect in all Member States as of 6 March 2021. Its reference period directly follows on from that of Regulation (EU) 2020/698 (It should be noted that Member States can or could decide not to apply certain provisions from Regulation (EU) 2020/698 and/or from Regulation (EU) 2021/267. For each such case, a notification from the corresponding Member State to the European Commission is required.) The notifications from the corresponding Member State to the European Commission are published in the Official Journal of the European Union, C 076I, 5 March 2021 and C 078I, 8 March 2021.)
    Details concerning the rules as well as the wording of the Regulations can be found here.


  • In spring of 2020, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and the federal states agreed to extend the use of foreign driving licences in Germany to 12 months, until 1 April 2021 at the latest. Given the different developments of the pandemic in the federal states, there is no nationwide extension of the 12-month-period beyond 1 April 2021. Each federal state has introduced its own rules. Further information can be found here.


  • Information on the designation of international high-risk areas by the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of the Interior can be found here.


  • Ordinance on protection against infection risks related to entry to Germany with regard to novel mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus subsequent to the determination of an epidemic situation of national significance by the German Bundestag (Coronavirus-Schutzverordnung – CoronaSchV). The ordinance has been prolonged. The regulation will be effective until April 14, 2021, midnight. The Ordinance can be found here.


  • Ordinance on protection against risks of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus posed by persons entering the country following the determination of an epidemic situation of national significance by the German Bundestag (Coronavirus Entry Ordinance – CoronaEinreiseV). The exact wording of the Ordinance can be found here. Additional provisions can be found here.
  • The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure continues to support private bus operators that, on 16 March 2020, held a licence for the operation of occasional coach and bus services in accordance with the Carriage of Passengers Act (PBefG) and as such were subject to considerable restrictions of their business operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic during the relevant period between 1 July and 31 October 2020 and have a place of business in Germany. Information on the financial assistance programme can be found here (German only).
  • Training courses for periodic roadworthiness testing: In coordination with the responsible top-level federal state authorities, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has published the relevant recommendations concerning Section 11(2) of the Motor Vehicle Traffic Experts Act (KfSachvG) and for the issuance of exemptions in accordance with Section 70 of the German Road Vehicles Registration and Licensing Regulations from paragraph 3.1.4.3 of Annex VIII, paragraph 2.5 of Annex VIIIb, paragraphs 2.6 and 8.2 of Annex VIIIc, paragraph 2.5 of Annex XVIIa, paragraph 2.5 of Annex XVIIa, paragraphs 2.5 and 7.1d of Annex XVIId of the Road Vehicles Registration and Licensing Regulations as well as for the application of Section 1(2) of the Schedule of Fines and Penalty Points Regulations (BKatV) in the Federal Ministry of Transport Gazette (2020, issue 8, Numbers 52 and 53, page 250). The competency lies with the federal states and the conditions for carrying out training courses vary from federal state to federal state. For this reason, a nationwide exemption rule is not helpful. Against this background, we recommend that the relevant federal state authority be contacted.
  • Together with the Logistics Alliance Germany (LAG) and the Federal Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal Association (BGL), the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has launched an initiative for setting up containers with showers and toilets in places without washing facilities. More (German only) ...
  • The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure prepared rules for supporting public and private transport operators that provide transport services in public passenger transport or local and regional passenger transport by rail. On 7 August 2020, the European Commission found these rules to be in compliance with state aid rules. The federal regulatory framework on state aid for local public transport provides for the granting of state aid for revenue losses incurred as a result of the corona pandemic and for the possibility of compensating costs for hygiene measures and the retrofitting of vehicles. Further information can be found here (German only).
  • For advice and information on transport operations in combined transport, please contact Studiengesellschaft für den Kombinierten Verkehr e. V. (Research Association for Combined Transport) +49 30 2061376-0 or http://www.sgkv.de/ (in German).


  • End-of-series vehicles:

    • Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles provides for the possibility of registering a limited number of end-of series vehicles, i.e. vehicles that are part of a stock, for the first time even after the last date of registration set out in the Regulation. Given the disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the size of the stock, the applicable provisions were not appropriate and adequate. With Regulation (EU) 2020/1694, which entered into force on 13 November 2020, the provisions concerning end-of-series motorcycles are thus amended to make it possible, as an alternative to the existing provisions, to sell and register for the first time a limited, larger number of euro -4 vehicles in stock, however only for a shortened period of one year, in 2021. The exact wording of the Regulation can be found here.
    • Detailed information on end-of-series vehicles is available on the website of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).
    • The proposal does not affect the general entry into force on 1 January 2021 of the euro-5 stage for all newly manufactured vehicles.
    • For mobile machinery and tractors, Regulation (EU) 2020/1040 and Regulation (EU) 2020/1564 provide for the extension of the dates of application of emission limits. Exact wording of Regulation (EU) 2020/1040 and Regulation (EU) 2020/1564.