The essentials of international road haulage

Restrictions on driving commercial vehicles in Europe

If your business involves transporter vehicles abroad, it is worth bearing in mind that several European Union countries impose restrictions on the times and days when heavy goods vehicles can be driven on public roads. However, there is no general European standard. There is a wide variation in how long the restrictions last, when they start and finish, the types of vehicle covered and exemptions from the restrictions.

France, Spain and Italy have a general ban on the movement of vehicles with a maximum gross weight of 7.5 tonnes on Sundays and during public holidays.

In addition to general restrictions and bans, some countries have limitations on specific roads and types of road during certain times of the year. For example, certain Alpine countries impose limited restrictions during winter months. For advice on whether restrictions will apply to your specific routes, you should contact your trade association or the British Embassy.