Truck driving ban on Sundays and public holidays: exemption Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

In Germany, lorries with a permissible total weight of more than 7.5 t and trailers behind lorries are not allowed to operate on Sundays and public holidays between 0 and 10 p.m. The ban does not apply to combined rail-road freight transport from the consignor to the nearest suitable loading station or from the nearest suitable unloading station to the consignee, but only up to a distance of 200 km 1.a) combined freight traffic port-road between loading or unloading point and a port within a radius of not more than 150 kilometres (loading or unloading) the carriage of (a) fresh milk and fresh milk products (b) fresh meat and fresh meat products (c) fresh fish, live fish and fresh fish products (d) perishable fruit and vegetables Empty journeys related to journeys in accordance with point 2 Journeys with vehicles used in accordance with the Federal Performance Act In doing so, the performance notice must be carried away and, upon request, persons responsible for examination must be handed over. Exceptions to the ban on Sundays and public holidays: Exceptions to the Ban on Sundays and Public Holidays may be granted under certain conditions: Granting an exemption is only justified in particularly urgent cases. Strict requirements must be imposed on proof of such urgency. Individual authorisation may only be granted under certain conditions, e.g. for Supplying the population with easily spoiled food Timely loading and unloading of seagoing vessels Maintaining the operation of public utilities or transport facilities. Economic or competitive reasons alone do not justify authorisation in any way. An individual permit is valid for driving with a vehicle or combination of vehicles.

Formal application with precise reasons and, among other things, Freight and accompanying documents for cross-border traffic, proof of the check-in times of the border customs office for lorries Motor vehicle and trailer licence; for foreign motor vehicles whose registration documents do not include a maximum permissible weight and engine power, an official certificate shall be required. A permanent exemption permit of up to three years at any time may be granted only if, in addition to the requirements for an individual authorisation, there is also a need for regular carriage and if the applicant proves the urgency of transport by means of a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry or otherwise proves it.


The application for an exemption must be made in writing.