The challenges of the truck driving ban for the transportation industry

The challenges of the truck driving ban for the transportation industry

A typical characteristic of the holiday season are overfull motorways, traffic jams and long waiting times. To limit these problems, driving bans apply for trucks in many places. This may be pleasant for holidaymakers at first glance, however driving bans require complex logistical adjustments and strict timing. Customers and consumers don’t want to give up, the luxury of quicker deliveries, or are dependent on the delivery of certain products or food, despite the holidays.

Which rules apply exactly?

Bans need to be differentiates according to two different types: The Sunday and holiday driving ban in accordance with § 30 para. 3 and 4 of the traffic regulations on the one hand, and the Saturday driving ban in accordance with the regulation on the facilitation of the holiday travel on the road on the other.

Sunday and holiday driving ban

The Sunday and holiday driving ban are in place in Germany on all the motorways from 0 to 22 h for vehicles over 7.5t total permissible mass (zGM) as well as for trucks with trailers. The exceptions are:

  • Combined rail/road freight traffic, nearest loading/unloading station up to 200 km
  • Combined road/port freight traffic, up to 150km
  • Carriage of perishable goods, fresh milk and milk products, fresh meat and meat products, fresh/ live fish and fish products, perishable fruit and vegetables.

Saturday driving ban

In addition to the Sunday and holiday driving ban as of 1. June up to the 31. August, the Saturday driving ban is in force, from 7am to 10 pm, however only on certain routes, e.g. on the A1 or the A9. This period affects the summer holiday period and aims to relieve the motorways, since a lot of cars are going into the holidays. In respect of the vehicles concerned and exceptions, the same rules apply as for the Sunday and holiday driving ban.

Truck driving bans in Europe

The truck driving ban does however not only affect Germany but also other European countries. In France, trucks over 7,5 t zGM may also non-ride on Sundays and public holidays from 12am – 10 pm on motorways. The same applies to Saturdays from 7am – 7 pm in the holiday period from mid-July until the end of August. Similarly, strict is the situation in Greece: according to the Sunday and holiday driving ban prevails in the summer half year between 3 pm – 11 pm and in the winter half year between 3pm – 10 pm a driving ban on certain routes for vehicles over 1.5 t zGM. In Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Switzerland, this driving ban applies even throughout the whole day.

The truck driving ban does however not only affect Germany but also other European countries. In France, trucks over 7,5 t zGM may also non-ride on Sundays and public holidays from 12am – 10 pm on motorways. The same applies to Saturdays from 7am – 7 pm in the holiday period from mid-July until the end of August. Similarly, strict is the situation in Greece: according to the Sunday and holiday driving ban prevails in the summer half year between 3 pm – 11 pm and in the winter half year between 3pm – 10 pm a driving ban on certain routes for vehicles over 1.5 t zGM. In Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Switzerland, this driving ban applies even throughout the whole day.