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HGV parking on a rest area
LKW parken auf einem Rastplatz

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Between 1 July and 31 August of each year, restrictions are placed on heavy goods vehicle traffic in the Federal Republic of Germany. These measures are taken to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic in this period, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The ban applies to the following types of vehicles:
Goods vehicles with a maximum authorized mass exceeding 7.5 tonnes as well as goods vehicles with trailers must not be operated for the carriage of goods on a commercial basis or for hire or reward, including any empty running associated with this, on the motorways mentioned in paragraph 2 and the federal highways mentioned in paragraph 3.

Dates and hours of the driving ban:

From 07.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs on all Saturdays from 1 July up to and including 31 August.

Routes affected by the ban:

See below

Ban on driving on Sundays and public holidays:

The ban on driving HGVs between 00.00 hrs and 22.00 hrs on Sundays and public holidays, which applies to the entire road network (section 30(3) of the German Road Traffic Regulations), remains unaffected.

Granting of exemptions:

In justified cases, the road traffic authorities of the federal states concerned may grant exemptions from these provisions. Exemptions for HGVs entering the Federal Republic of Germany from a neighbouring country are issued by the road traffic authority in whose government region the border crossing point where the vehicle enters German territory is located.

General exemptions:

This ban does not apply to:

  1. combined rail/road goods transport from the consignor to the nearest loading station or from the nearest station of unloading to the consignee;
  2. combined port/road goods transport between the point of loading or unloading and a port located within a maximum radius of 150 km (delivery or dispatch);
  3. the carriage of

    1. fresh milk and dairy products;
    2. fresh meat and meat products;
    3. fresh fish, live fish and fresh fish products;
    4. perishable fruit and vegetables;
  4. the carriage of Category 1 material under Article 8 and Category 2 material under Article 9(f)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1774/2002 (Animal by-products Regulation) (OJ L 300, 14.11.2009, p. 1, L 348, 04.12.2014, p. 31);
  5. recovery, towing and breakdown vehicles if their operation is urgently required;
  6. the transport of live bees;
  7. journeys made by empty vehicles in connection with journeys referred to under paragraphs (3) to (6).

Drivers must carry the necessary freight or accompanying documents for all goods loaded in the vehicle and present them to authorized persons for inspection if requested to do so.

The ban applies to the following motorway sections (in both directions):

Serial no.MotorwayDescription of the section
1A 1From Köln-West interchange via Leverkusen-West interchange, Wuppertal, Kamener Kreuz interchange, Münster to Lohne/Dinklage junction
2A 2From Oberhausen interchange to Bad Oeynhausen interchange
3A 3From Oberhausen interchange to Köln-Ost interchange, from Mönchhof junction via Frankfurter Kreuz interchange to Nürnberg interchange
4A 5From Darmstädter Kreuz interchange to Karlsruhe-Süd junction and from Offenburg junction to Neuenburg junction
5A 6From Schwetzingen-Hockenheim junction to Nürnberg-Süd interchange
6A 7From Schleswig/Jagel junction to Hamburg-Schnelsen-Nord junction, from Soltau-Süd junction to Göttingen-Nord junction, from Schweinfurt/Werneck junction via Biebelried interchange, Ulm/Elchingen interchange and Allgäu junction to the end of the motorway at Füssen on the national border
7A 8From Karlsruhe junction to München-Obermenzing junction and from München-Ramersdorf junction to Bad Reichenhall junction
8A 9/E 51From Berliner Ring (branch to Leipzig/Potsdam junction) to München-Schwabing junction
9A 10Berliner Ring, excluding the section from Berlin-Spandau junction via Havelland junction to Oranienburg junction and the section between Spreeau junction and Werder junction
10A 45From Dortmund-Süd junction via Westhofener Kreuz interchange and Gambacher Kreuz interchange to Seligenstädter Dreieck junction
11A 61From Meckenheim interchange via Koblenz interchange to Hockenheim junction
12A 81From Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen junction to Gärtringen junction
13A 92From München-Feldmoching junction to Oberschleißheim junction and from Neufahrn interchange to Erding junction
14A 93From Inntal junction to Reischenhart junction
15A 99From München Süd-West junction via München-West interchange, München-Allach junction, München-Feldmoching junction, München-Nord interchange, München-Ost interchange, München-Süd interchange as well as München/Eschenried junction
16A 215From Bordesholm junction to Blumenthal junction
17A 831From Stuttgart-Vaihingen junction to Stuttgart interchange
18A 980From Allgäu interchange to Waltenhofen junction
19A 995From Sauerlach junction to München-Süd interchange
Serial no.Federal HighwayDescription of the section
1B 31From Stockach-Ost junction of the A 98 federal motorway to Sigmarszell junction of the A 96 federal motorway
2B 96/E 251Neubrandenburger Ring to Berlin

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