Federal Minister Scheuer:
Many people realize only now 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. Particularly staff from the federal states is out there to check service stations and facilities. In the case of problems, we immediately discuss them with all actors.
Further information on road transport can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Goods Transport (in German).
Information on road transport (as at 21 April 2020)
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is in close contact with neighbouring European countries to ensure unrestricted cross-border goods transport, particularly with regard to the situation at the borders and workers (HGV drivers, logistics workers). Information from the European Commission can be found here.
- Together with the federal states, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has agreed to lift the HGV Sunday driving ban. ... more (in German)
- Temporary relaxation of driving times and rest periods for the carriage of selected goods, inter alia fuel, medical products, food, while always taking into account road safety.
- The federal states have been asked to allocate a dedicated lane for goods transport at the border-crossing points along the motorways for the transport of medical supplies and everyday goods.
- The Federal Ministry of Transport has asked the federal states as well as private sector operators to ensure the provision of goods and food at the rest areas along the motorways (concerning business hours, hygiene etc.). ... more (in German).
- 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..
- Entry of HGV drivers from other European countries: the decision taken by the EU Heads of State and Government on 17 March 2020 and its implementation in Germany expressly provide for an exemption for personnel employed in the goods transport sector and other personnel required for transport operations with regard to entering the Schengen area from third countries. (Further information can be found here) (in German). The enforcement of the Protection against Infection Act and, consequently also risk assessment, is incumbent on the federal states as well as their local authorities and municipalities. (Further information can be found here) (in German)
- Cabotage: the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and national associations of the freight forwarding, transport and logistics industries – the Federal Association of Removal Operators (AMÖ), the German Parcel and Express Logistics Association (BIEK), the Federal Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal Association (BGL), the Federal Association of Transport and Logistics in Industry and Trade (BWVL) and the Association of German Freight Forwarders and Logistics Operators (DSLV) – have adopted the Freight Transport Pact for Germany (in German) to ensure the supply of the population in the current time of crisis. Since the aforementioned associations gave assurances that they would keep the supply chains for industry and trade functional, it is, for now, no longer necessary to refrain from punishing violations of the cabotage regime - as originally planned. On 27 March 2020, a letter to this effect was sent to the responsible authorities. Accordingly, there are currently no facilitations in the field of cabotage.
- Allowing more flexibility regarding the requirements for training courses and continued professional education so that all drivers currently allowed to drive may continue doing so ... more (in German).
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure recommends for the responsible federal states to be flexible with regard to main inspections of commercial and private vehicles. If the deadline for a main inspection is exceeded by four months, it is recommended not to sanction this infringement. Further information on training and vehicle inspections for the entire area of inspections can be found here (as at 23 March 2020) (in German)
- For advice and information on transport operations in combined transport, please contact Studiengesellschaft für den Kombinierten Verkehr e. V. (Research Association for Combined Transport) at +49 30 2061376-0 or http://www.sgkv.de/ (in German).
Use of rental cars: the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is open to quick and pragmatic solutions. There are already some rental car solutions for hospital and nursing home staff, e.g. in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has called upon car rental companies to develop such offers nation-wide.
- • Together with the federal states, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has agreed to extend the use of foreign driving licences in Germany to 12 months, until 1 April 2021 at the latest. More information in German ...
Information on the construction industry (as at 9 April 2020)
Roadworks on federal trunk roads are to continue:
- The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has informed the federal states about a decree from the Federal Ministry of the Interior on how to handle roadworks during the corona epidemic. The federal states have been asked to base their measures in federal trunk road construction on the provisions on health protection.
Federal Minister Scheuer:
HGV drivers, you are doing a fantastic job! I would like to THANK YOU for your hard work. You are ensuring a stable supply of basic goods and services for us all. I have talked to our European neighbours to resolve the long traffic jams.