Commercial road haulage - apply for a permit
Road haulage is the commercial or paid transport of goods by motor vehicles with a maximum permissible weight of 3.5 tonnes, including trailers. Industrial road haulage is in principle subject to authorisation. The so-called works transport, i.e. road haulage for the own purposes of an undertaking under certain conditions, is not subject to authorisation. If the vehicles are only in use throughout Germany, you need a permit for commercial road haulage (according to Section 3 of the Road Transport Act). For cross-border journeys within the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA)* and Switzerland, you will need a Community licence (EU licence) and, where applicable, a driver's certificate for third-country nationals. You can also use the Community licence for transport sit-in sit-in within Germany and the EEA countries ("cabotage services"). For commercial road haulage with countries outside the European Economic Area, you need bilateral permits or so-called CEMT licences in addition to the national permit for the German share of the route (licence for commercial road haulage or Community licence) for parts of the route in third countries. If you are travelling in or through Switzerland as part of commercial road haulage, you will need a valid Community licence. Licences for the commercial haulage of road transport and the Community licence may be granted on a limited basis, subject to conditions or subject to conditions. The national licence may be granted for a period of validity of up to 10 years. The Community licence is issued for a year.
Documents for the applicant company: Extract from the Register of Trade, Partnership, Cooperatives or Associations, if there is a corresponding registration in the case of GbR companies: extract from the GbR contract Proof of the right to represent if a person other than the applicant has professional competence Proof of reliability: Certificate of leadership for the person authorised to represent him (not older than three months) Information from the Central Trade Register for the person authorised to represent (not older than three months) Information from the driving aptitude register for the person authorised to represent him (not older than three months) Proof of financial capacity: Certificate of safety from the tax office (not older than three months) Certificate of safety of the municipality (not older than three months) Health insurance certificate (not older than three months) Certificate of safety issued by the Trade Association for Transport, Post-Logistics, Telecommunications (BG Transport) (not older than three months) certificate of equity capital proving financial capacity in commercial road haulage (Annex 2 to the General Administrative Regulation on Road Transport Law (GüKVwV)) and if necessary additional certificate proving financial capacity in commercial road haulage (Annex 3 to the General Administrative Regulation on Road Transport Law (GüKVwV) Proof of professional aptitude: certificate of passing the IHK examination or an equivalent recognised statutory examination, or Proof of a managerial activity in a road haulage company for at least 10 years (the Chamber of Commerce and Industry responsible for you checks whether the conditions are met) Documents for persons appointed to run road haulage operations (traffic manager): Proof of reliability: Certificate of leadership (not older than three months) Information from the Central Trade Register (not older than three months) Information from the driving aptitude register (not older than three months) Proof of professional aptitude: certificate of passing the IHK examination or an equivalent recognised statutory examination, or Proof of a managerial activity in a road haulage company for at least 10 years (the Chamber of Commerce and Industry responsible for you checks whether the conditions are met) Proof of financial capacity: Health insurance certificate (not older than three months) Proof of employment
Permission is granted to an entrepreneur whose company is actually and permanently established in Germany if: the operator and the person (traffic manager) appointed to run road haulage operations are reliable, the financial capacity of the company is guaranteed, and the trader or the person appointed to run road haulage operations. The company needs equity plus reserves. The amount of capital is determined by the number of vehicles intended for use. For the first vehicle, the entrepreneur needs equity of 9,000 euros, for each additional vehicle 5,000 euros. This also applies to the use of rental vehicles. A person is technically suitable if he or she has passed a specialist examination. All audits previously recognised as equivalent will continue to be considered equivalent if they have been started or completed before 4 December 2011. Persons who have worked continuously (at least 10 years) in a road haulage undertaking in a road haulage undertaking in a managerial capacity between 4 December 1999 and 4 December 2009 are also technically suitable.
Works transport as road haulage for the company's own purposes is free of permits under the following conditions: the goods transported must be the property of the company or sold by it, bought, rented, rented, manufactured, produced, extracted, processed or repaired. the transport must be used for the delivery of the goods to the company, their dispatch from the company, their shipment within or for personal use outside the company. the motor vehicles used for transport must, in principle, be managed by the company's own staff. Carriage may constitute only an auxiliary activity in the context of the whole activity of the undertaking. If the works of goods as road haulage is free of permits for the company's own purposes, the operator operating works traffic is obliged to notify his company to the Federal Office of Freight Transport before the first transport begins. The Federal Office for Freight Transport is responsible for issuing the bilateral licence or a so-called CEMT permit for international commercial road haulage and removal traffic in the community of CEMT member states (more than 30 states in Europe).
- General administrative regulation on road haulage law (GüKVwV) Opens in new window
- Section 3 Of the Road Transport Act (GüKG) Opens in new window
- Section 10 Professional Access Ordinance for Road Transport (GBZugV) Opens in new window
- Article 3 Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 laying down common rules for admission to the occupation of road transport operator and repeal of Council Directive 96/26/EC Opens in new window
- Articles 3 and 4 Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market (recast) Opens in new window
You must apply for a national road haulage permit or a Community licence (EU licence) from the transport authority responsible for your place of business. The application form is available from the relevant transport authority. Online forms are also available, depending on the offer of the authority. Complete the application in full and submit it with the necessary documentation. The competent transport authority shall give the following bodies the opportunity to submit their comments: the Federal Office of Freight Transport, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the relevant trade union and the Transport Industry Association. After the deadline for comments, the competent transport authority will decide on your application. You will get a notice.
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