The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) plans to exempt all HGV used for the transport of funfair equipment from the ban on driving on Sundays and public holidays. It will in the future no longer be necessary to apply for exemptions granted by the authorities of the federal states. Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer has now presented the draft of relevant exemption regulations.
Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer said:
Our exemption regulations constitute a clear commitment to customs, traditions and diversity. Thus we reduce red tape - and strengthen market traders and funfair operators. With their attractions and stalls they enliven our districts, towns and cities and our local communities. And we want it to stay that way. Fairs do not only mean quality of life - they are also an important economic factor. We ensure that about 10,000 fairs and 3,000 Christmas markets in Germany can start on time.
The exemption regulations solve a central problem in connection with the carriage of funfair equipment: Since fairs mainly take place on weekends or holidays, the necessary equipment for them has to be carried exactly on such days.
Currently, certain vehicles used for the transport of funfair equipment are already exempt from the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays. This applies to cases where the objects carried (such as shelves, beverage dispensing systems or popcorn machines) belong to the inventory of the vehicles. These include, among other things, mobile sales stands. The abolition of the restriction to mobile sales vehicles ensures that now all funfair operators are treated equally.