Towing service, rescue service (

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The following formalities are performed by responsible authorities and can also be handled via the Point of Single Contact if necessary. Please specify the location via Change selection. If you choose "To the responsible Point of Single Contact for ..." (if available), the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact are displayed. The contact details of the competent authority/-ies are displayed after choosing the formality.

Other service-related formalities

Other service-related formalities

For taking-up and pursuit of a service the following service-related formalities, which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact, must be obeyed:

  • Motor vehicle; application for national individual type-approval

    Im Ausland zugelassene Fahrzeuge bedürfen einer Zulassung in Deutschland, wenn sie nicht nur vorübergehend am Straßenverkehr in Deutschland teilnehmen oder wenn sie ihren Standort in Deutschland haben.

  • Towing over the freeway; application for a special permit

    In emergency cases, towing does not require a permit. A freeway must be left by the towing unit at the next junction. Driving onto the freeway is not permitted. An exceptional permit is required for towing via the freeway. This can be applied for in particular by companies that specialize in towing and have suitable emergency vehicles available for this purpose.

  • Truck driving ban on Sundays and public holidays; application for a special permit

    In Germany, trucks with a total mass of over 7.5 t and trucks with trailers are prohibited from driving on all Sundays and on certain public holidays. Certain transports, such as those of perishable fruit and vegetables or fresh milk and fresh milk products, are exempt from the ban by law. In addition, the road traffic authorities may grant exemptions for other, urgent transports on a case-by-case basis.

  • Truck driving ban on Saturdays of vacation travel season; request for exemption.

    Certain highly congested highway and federal highway sections in Germany are closed during the day on all Saturdays in July and August for trucks with a total weight of more than 7.5 t and for trucks with trailers (without weight limit) due to heavy tourist traffic. Exceptions to this regulation may be granted in certain cases.

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

If you would like to hire an employee you need to proceed with the following steps. These formalities CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

If the employment is terminated you also have to inform the authorities where the employee has been registered.

  • Posting of workers to Germany; registration and other obligations

    When posting employees to Germany, the Employee Posting Act must be observed. This law obliges both employers based in Germany and employers based abroad who employ workers in Germany to comply with statutory and, in certain sectors, collectively agreed working conditions. In addition, employers are subject to further obligations.

Characteristics and key concepts of the service

This service includes:

  • Support activities for the on-land transport of persons, animals, and goods:
    • Towing services


  • Abschleppdienst
  • Abschleppen von Kraftwagen
  • Autoabschlepp- und -bergungsdienst
  • Bergung von Kraftwagen
  • Kraftwagenabschlepp- und -bergungsdienst