Additional traffic bans and new road regulations. Here are the latest developments in the EU that affect lorry drivers
Summer restrictions on lorry traffic in Austria and France, obligation to create rescue corridors in Belgium and Switzerland, suspension of toll collection in the UK. These are the latest developments on Europe’s roads, which lorry drivers must pay attention to.
In April 2020, an amendment to the German Road Traffic Law came into force that provides for stricter penalties for drivers who exceed speed limits and those who do not comply with the regulations on the emergency corridor. The importance of a similar corridor is demonstrated by the fact that its creation will also be mandatory in other European countries.
Rescue corridor in Belgium and Switzerland
Belgium is introducing the obligation to create rescue corridors on multi-lane roads from 1 October 2020. Drivers will have to leave the road as far as possible if there is congestion on the roads that hampers the movement of emergency vehicles. Staying on emergency lines will be prohibited.
The same obligation is also introduced by Switzerland, but only from the new year. Moreover, the Swiss authorities have also decided to make the so-called ziplining mandatory, i.e. to continue driving on both lanes and to alternate between the two lanes. Failure to comply with these obligations will be threatened with a fine of about 100€.
Additional summer bans on truck traffic in Austria
From July 25th to August 29th, some Austrian roads have additional bans on lorries over 7.5 t gross vehicle weight (hereinafter GVW). The following motorways and road sections have been banned:
– A12 motorway (Inntalautobahn),
– A13 motorway (Brennerautobahn).
Restrictions on these motorways apply on Saturdays from 7 am to 3 pm.
– A4 Ost motorway (from the Schwechat junction to the border in Nickelsdorf).
Restrictions apply on Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm, except for traffic to the districts of Neusiedl am See, Eisenstadt, the surroundings of Eisenstadt, Rust, Mattersburg, Bruck an der Leitha, Gänserndorf, Korneuburg.
– Loferer Straße B 178 from Lofer to Wörgl,
– Ennstalstrasse B320 from kilometer 4, 500,
– Seefelder Straße B 177 in full,
– Fernpassstraße B 179 from Nassereith to Biberwier,
– Achensee Straße B 181 in full.
The restrictions on these sections apply on Saturdays from 8 am to 3 pm.
The prohibitions do not cover the transport of animals for slaughter, mail, newspapers, stationery, supplies to petrol stations and catering facilities, roadside assistance, airport supplies and the transport of goods in combined transport.
Ban on transit in Austria
Austria has introduced a transit ban in the region of Salzburg, in the municipality of Lungau. The restriction applies to heavy goods vehicles with a GVW of over 7,5 t. Since June, a similar restriction also applies in Flachgau.
Holiday traffic bans in France
At the end of July, summer traffic bans for vehicles over 7.5 t GVW began to apply in France. The restrictions apply on Saturdays, from 7 to 19 and will last until 29 August (last Saturday of the month).
It is worth noting that during the summer holidays after 19 on Saturdays you can drive only until midnight, because later on Sunday restrictions apply. During the summer, Sunday restrictions apply until 10 pm.
Suspended tolls in the UK
Since 1 August the UK has suspended tolls for vehicles with a GVW of over 12 tones. This is good news for all drivers and haulers, as the new regulation also applies to foreign drivers. Those who have paid 6 and 12 months’ tolls can apply for discounts, taking into account the months during the suspension period.
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