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 gross vehicle weight of more than 7.5 t and for trucks with trailers (without weight limit) due to heavy tourist traffic.


In order to protect vacation travel, there is a ban on truck driving in accordance with the Holiday Travel Ordinance in addition to the ban on driving on Sundays and public holidays. This applies to the commercial or paid transportation of goods by trucks with a total permissible mass of more than 7.5 tons and to trucks with trailers, as well as the associated empty runs. The driving ban applies on all Saturdays from July 1 to August 31 of each year, inclusive, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., on all highways and state roads specified in the Holiday Travel Ordinance.

During this time, transportation must use alternate routes on the subordinate network of federal, state and county roads. Only if these alternative routes cannot be used (e.g. due to a ban on truck driving or a ban on hazardous goods transports) or if it is mandatory (e.g. to supply highway gas stations) to use the highway, an exception may be granted.

However, such exemptions may only be granted if there is a public interest in carrying out the journey during the period of prohibition (e.g. elimination of emergency situations, supplying the population) or if refusal of the permit would represent an undue hardship for the applicant and proof is provided that transport is not possible either by other means of transport or outside the period of prohibition. Business or competitive reasons alone cannot justify exceptions.

Corresponding evidence must be provided.


  • Urgency of the transport
  • Transport must not be possible with vehicles that are not covered by the ban
  • Transport must be absolutely dependent on the use of the prohibited route



Required documents

  • Application for derogation to the competent authority

  • Proof of the urgency of the promotion by the local Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)

  • Vehicle documents

    Vehicle registration certificate / registration certificate part 1 of the vehicles for which an exemption is requested

  • other documents

    in individual cases: orders, shipping documents


  • Frame fee from 10,20 € to 179,00 €


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