Truck driving ban on Sundays and public holidays, as well as on Saturdays in the main holiday season: exemption permit

Exemptions from the truck driving ban on Sundays and public holidays can be applied for at the districts / district-free cities.

In Germany, trucks with a permissible gross vehicle weight of more than 7.5 t and trailers behind trucks are not allowed to drive on Sundays and public holidays from 00:00 to 22:00.

This also applies on all Saturdays in the main holiday season from 01 July to 31 August of a year in the period from 7:00 20:00 for fixed routes on motorways and federal roads. In Schleswig-Holstein, this applies to the A 7 from the Schleswig-Jagel junction to the Hamburg-Schnelsen-Nord junction and to the A 215 from the Bordesholm motorway junction to the Blumenthal junction in both directions.

The prohibition generally does not apply to:

  1. 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,
  2. combined port-road freight transport between the loading or unloading point and a port (arrival or departure) within a radius of not more than 150 kilometres,
  3. the carriage of
    • fresh milk and fresh milk products,
    • fresh meat and fresh meat products,
    • fresh fish, live fish and fresh fish products,
    • perishable fruit and vegetables,
  4. empty journeys in connection with journeys referred to in point 3,
  5. Journeys with vehicles that are used in accordance with the Federal Benefits Act. The performance notice must be carried along and handed over to competent persons for examination on request.

In the territory of the Land of Schleswig-Holstein, the transport of agricultural products during their harvest season is also generally exempt by general decree of 29 May 2008 (Amtsbl. Schl.-H. p. 576).

For other journeys, exceptions to the Sunday and holiday driving ban can be approved in urgent cases, for example:

  • to supply the population with perishable food,
  • for the timely loading and unloading of seagoing vessels,
  • to maintain the operation of public utilities or transport facilities.

Economic or competitive reasons alone are not a justification for an exception.

Permanent and individual exemption permits:

  • An individual permit is valid for a journey with a vehicle or a combination of vehicles.
  • A permanent exemption permit may only be granted if, in addition to the requirements for an individual permit, the need for regular transport on Sundays and public holidays is demonstrated. A permanent exemption permit is generally granted for a maximum of one year.
  • Exceptions to the truck driving ban according to the Holiday Travel Ordinance are generally not granted because the rest of the route network can be used by trucks without restriction.
  • Applications must be made in writing but informally; with justification.
  • Freight and accompanying documents.
  • In the case of transport over a road distance of more than 100 km: a certificate issued by the goods handling authority responsible for the place of dispatch stating the impossibility of timely rail transport.
  • motor vehicle and trailer registration,
  • for foreign motor vehicles whose registration documents do not record the permissible total weight and engine power, a corresponding official certificate is required.


Further information on the truck driving ban can be found on the website of the Federal Office for Goods Transport (FOPH).

  • Truck driving ban
  • ยงยง 30, 46 and 47 Road Traffic Regulations (StVO),
  • Ordinance on the Facilitation of Holiday Travel by Road (Holiday Travel Ordinance),
  • Schedule of Charges for Road Transport Measures (RFees), Fee No. 264.

Related Links

  • StVO
  • Holiday Travel Ordinance
  • GebOSt

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