Basic information

The country has not imposed any restrictions in the international heavy traffic.

Traffic ban from 9:00 on Saturdays to 24:00 on Sundays when the road is slippery and the visibility is below 200 meters. The Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy informs about traffic bans on over-dimensional vehicles and the duty to obtain authorisations (further information may be obtained in: Service Bureau Ontheffingen(SBO) Afd.Toelating Exceptionee Transport tel. 0031/79-3458134 faks-0031/79-3458022).

Detailed information

Authorisations are not required for:

Applicable restrictions on over-dimensional vehicle traffic :


Heavy vehicles temporarily banned from using the Merwede Bridge (Merwedebrug) on the DutchA27 just outside of Gorinchem

Based on safety considerations, the Department of Waterways and Public Works decided to ban vehicles weighing in excess of 3.5 tons (3,500 kg) from using the Merwede Bridge located on the A27 as of Tuesday, 11 October 2016. This measure will remain in effect until further notice. Meanwhile, the Department of Waterways and Public Works is doing everything it can to eliminate this inconvenience as quickly as possible.

You can follow the latest developments about the Merwede Bridge:

Detours have been signposted (both above and along the roads) for taking either the A2 and A15/A16 (western route) or the A2 and A59 (eastern route).

The kinds of vehicles not allowed to use the bridge

All vehicles weighing in excess of 3.5 tons (3,500 kg). In addition to freight traffic, this ban also applies to heavy vehicles with attached trailers, campers, buses, coaches, etc. All of these should take one of the detours indicated for freight traffic.

The fine for driving one of these vehicles weighing in excess of 3.5 tons (3,500 kg) over the Merwede Bridge is €230 (lorries) or €90 (other). The police and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) are actually enforcing this measure by issuing fines.

More information is available here