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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).

Information on road transport (as at 16 September 2020)

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of the European Parliament and of the Council entered into force on 28 May 2020 and is directly applicable in all Member States from 4 June 2020. (It should be noted that Member States can decide not to apply certain provisions from the Regulation. In this case, a notification from the corresponding Member State to the European Commission is required.)
    Details concerning the rules as well as the wording of the Regulation can be found here (in German).

  • 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 Traffic Registration (paragraph 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 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...
  • 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)
  • For advice and information on transport operations in combined transport, please contact Studiengesellschaft für den Kombinierten Verkehr e. V. at +49 30 2061376-0 or (in German).

  • The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is funding coronavirus separators in taxis and rental cars used for the carriage of passengers. Information on the funding programme can be found here (in German).

  • 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 21 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.