Addition summer bans

On the basis of § 6 paragraph 1 no. 3 of the Road Traffic Act in the Federal Law Gazette Part III, Outline Number 9231-1, revised version published, last amended by the Act of April 6, 1980 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 413) has been changed, is decreed with the consent of the Bundesrat:

(1) Lorries with a maximum permissible mass of more than 7.5 tonnes and lorries with trailers may be used for commercial or paid transport of goods, including related goods Empty trips on the motorways mentioned in paragraph 2 (sign 330.1 of the road traffic regulations) and the Federal roads mentioned in paragraph 3 on all Saturdays from July 1st to August 31st of each year are not conducted between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

(2) The prohibition in paragraph 1 applies to the following stretches of motorway in both directions:

running Motorway route description

Official information source

Basic information

Sundays and public holidays from 00:00 to 22.00


heavy goods vehicles of over 7.5t maximum permitted weight (MPW), as well as trucks with trailers

Applies to roads

throughout the road network

Detailed information

Night driving ban: There are a number of certain regional and local night driving restrictions on some routes which are indicated by road signs.

Additional driving restrictions:

for special transport throughout the year there is a ban on using motorways at the weekends from 15.00 on Fridays to 9.00 on Mondays. From 1st July to 31st August, as well as from Maundy Thursday to the Tuesday after Easter and from the Friday preceding Pentecost (Whit Sunday) to the Tuesday after the holiday, the traffic of such vehicles is permitted only at night from 23.00 to 6.00.

Environmental zones:

Since 1st March 2007 new regulations have been in effect in Germany, which allow the local districts and cities to establish so-called environmental zones. Within these environmental zones there might be used means of protection against noise such as protective screens, or traffic bans concerning certain types of vehicles depending on emission in order to prevent air pollution.

Since 2008 environmental zones have been established in the following municipalities:

Berlin, Bochum, Bottrop, Bremen, Dortmund, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt/Main, Gelsenkirchen, Hanover, Heilbronn, Herrenberg, Ilsfeld, Karlsruhe, Köln, Leonberg, Ludwigsburg, Mannheim, Mühlacker, Mühlheim/Ruhr, Munich, Neu-Ulm, Oberhausen, Pforzheim, Pleidelsheim, Recklinghausen, Reutlingen, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Stuttgart, Tübingen, Ulm oraz Wuppertal.

Since 2009 similar zones have been also established in Augsburgu, Münster and Regensburgu;

Since 2010 in Freiburgu (Breisgau), Heidelbergu, Herne, Osnabrück and Pfinztal.

Since 1st March 2011 – Leipzig, since 1st July 2011 – Markgröningen.

For Brunszwik, Darmstadt, Dresden and Magdeburg the date has not been set yet. In other cities, e.g. Postdam, Cottbus, Frankfurt (Oder), Brandenburg/Havel, Halle/Saale and Bernau due to excess concentration of solids over a period of 35 days in the year, there is a possibility of the introduction of the environmental zones.

Local bans:

For some cities, such as e.g. Munich, Stuttgart and Darmstadt, apart from the planned environmental zones, additional bans apply. These concern transit traffic of heavy goods vehicles of over 3.5t MPW in order to reduce the level of noise and air pollution or to prevent traffic of vehicles which evade paying tolls.


On Saturdays between 1st July and 31st August from 7.00 to 20.00

The following stretches of motorway and trunk roads:


Exempted from the ban are also vehicles belonging to the police, the border guard, the fire brigade and emergency services, the federal armed forces and allied troops.

In case of operations not mentioned in the above exceptions, authorisations must be obtained. These, however, will be issued only in the event of an emergency, when delivery by other means of transport is not possible.

On defined regional public holidays, during which there is a traffic ban, e.g. All Saints’ Day, Reformation Day, Corpus Christi, there is, by and large, no possibility of heavy goods vehicles traffic on state roads. There is, however, an exception if special authorisations are obtained allowing traffic on a defined route section.

Such authorisations are issued on regular basis in transit traffic on certain motorways heading to and from Berlin on Reformation Day (31st October).

transit traffic to and from Berlin in the Reformation Day

On the basis of a special authorization granted by the Administration of the Senate of Berlin dated 19.09.2016 for the federal states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia the following sections of roads to and from Berlin in the above regions may be passable on 31.10.2016 and 2018 -2020 hours 0:00 do22: 00: - a 2, a 20, a 24, a 4, a 9, a 10, a 11, a 12, a 13, a 14, a 15, a 17, a 19 , A 38, A 71, A 72, A 73, A 111, A 113, A 114, A 115, A 117, A 143

Exiting the motorway in the aforementioned provinces, in which a holiday driving ban is in effect, is impermissible. The ban, however, does not apply if there is a complete closure of a motorway due to an accident or road works. In such a case, one should make a detour. In the absence of thereof, one should move to the next approach of the motorway along the shortest path. The vehicle can also leave the motorway when it must be towed, in accordance with §15 of the rules of the road, to the nearest specific place issued by the superior.


Since February 1th there is a ban for vehicles with MPW over 3.5 tonnes in southern bypass of Würzburg.


Since 20th April 2010 in North Hessen there is a night driving ban on heavy goods vehicles on roads B3 and B252.

The night driving ban is in effect from 22:00 to 6:00 for vehicles of over 3.5t MPW on the stretch of the B3 road between Borken and Colbe, as well as on the stretch of the B252 road between Diemelstadt and Lahntal-Gottingen. The ban is aimed at protecting the residents from noise at night.

Entrepreneurs from the districts of Marburg-Biedenkopf, Waldeck-Frankenberg, Schwalm-Eder and Hochsauerland can still commute to their firms, yet they should organise the work in their companies so as to reduce the number of night runs. In order to reduce transit traffic, the police will intensively monitor these road stretches.

Due to the introduction of new regulations, the 24-hour transit ban on vehicles of over 12t MPW ceases to have effect. It was in force only on the basis of a clause introduced at trial. The regulation, in force from 2006, was abolished at the end of 2009 by the court in Kassel as a result of complaints from logistics companies.

Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia coordinate truck traffic on 31 October and 1 November

This solution has been implemented to avoid situations in which the traffic ban for heavy goods vehicles applies on two consecutive public holidays, i.e. on Reformation Day (October 31) in Lower Saxony and on All Saints' Day (1.11 ) in North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the years 2020-2025, the traffic ban for vehicles with a MAM of over 7.5 tons on both holidays will apply only from 6:00 to 22:00. Moreover, on the day when there is a state holiday in one of the federal states, HGVs will able allowed to use the main transit routes, i.e. A1, A2, A30, A31 and A33 from 6:00 to 22:00. This rule will also apply if All Saints' Day or Reformation Day falls on a Sunday.

The list of transit routes where heavy goods traffic is permitted between 6.00 a.m. and 10.00 p.m. on state holidays observed in a given state:


Public holidays 2023:



Depending on the situation on road.


A fitting obligation in places marked. Tires with spikes prohibited. Exception: small German triangle, Bad Reichenhall – Lofer and borderland of the customs.

20 Euro for incorrect tires, 40 Euro for difficulties arising from bad tires and 1 penalty point

Source: Continental Information Service

Good to know

Note: Drivers of heavy goods vehicles should possess and use reflective vests.

A non-compliance with the regulations is fined 40 – 200 Euro.

The maximum blood-alcohol content – 0,05‰

Novice drivers, holders of a driving licence for less than two years and younger – under 21 years old – 0,00‰. This applies also to foreign drivers. If alcohol is detected in their blood, they are fined with 125 Euro, two penalty points and an extension of the probationary period of holding a driving licence for further two years.

A driver who has had a blood-alcohol content greater than 0,05‰ but not exceeding 0,09‰, is punished with a fine of:

The same penalties apply to driving under the influence of drugs.

A novice driver who has had a blood-alcohol content greater than 0‰ is fined with 125 Euro + 2 penalty points.

Examples of fines for some traffic offences:

A police officer has the right to collect a fine in cash of up to 35 Euro. In relation to foreigners, a police officer may demand a bail, if refused – retain the vehicle. He/she may also withdraw the driving licence and write in it the period of the driving ban on the territory of Germany.

Any driver, foreigners included, shall be penalised by a penalty point system (1 – 7 points) and the data is sent to the Polish police.

Note: German law provides precisely the specified directory of offenses and penalties for each of them and therefore making the Polish driver’s attempts to discuss with the police about the fine imposed for an offense committed is pointless and causes deterioration of the person’s concerned situation. A refusal to settle up the fine on the spot involves bringing the matter to court. The police also rigorously controls the condition of the vehicle. In case of serious faults, the driver is to expect a retention of the driving license, a high fine, and being charged with the cost of towing the vehicle to a garage and with other administrative costs.

In winter time, in mountain areas, there is an obligation to be equipped with snow chains as well as to fit them on tires as indicated on road signs.

Dipped headlights: The use of dipped headlights at daytime is obligatory in case of poor visibility caused by bad weather conditions. Fog lights can be used if the visibility is reduced to 50m. The use dipped headlights is obligatory in all tunnels. Driving with parking lights on is prohibited. It is recommended to use dipped headlights outside built-up areas 24h throughout the year.


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