HGV driving bans in Europe

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  1. Don Madge

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    When transiting Europe I like to know what the HGV driving restrictions are for weekends and holidays.

    Personally I like to transit Switzerland on a Sunday especially in winter, it's so much easier through the St Gothard Tunnel with just maybe one or two trucks about.

    Details of the main HGV restrictions in Europe can be found at HGV driving bans in Europe I think the details are reasonably up to date.

    Safe travelling.

    Don
     
  2. ruffingitsmoothly

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    Thanks Don as usual a very useful post:thumb:

    Having ran trucks throughout most of Europe I know only too well the peculiar HGV driving bans that occur most are Holy days or Saints days and before we had the May bank holiday there always was adriving ban on May Day itself peculiarly they ran from 10pm the night before till 10pm on the day in question, is this still the case?

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    I don't want to raise the issue of whether US RV's should be (or are already) considered as HGV's in Europe - and I agree with Don that travelling in Germany, especially, is so nice on a Sunday when the 'heavies' are banned - but I wonder how, or if, the Europeans consider RV's as HGV or as motorhomes - and if they consider RV's as HGV - are they banned on Sunday also?

    Anybody got any personal experience of being pulled over on a Sunday - on the Continent- for driving an RV on a Sunday?
     
  4. Don Madge

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    Hi Pat,

    In Germany the Landers have there own holidays and it must make life very difficult for the truckers sorting it all out.

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    I've got no idea of the actual times but I know in France the weekend ban ends at 22.00 hrs. We have often seen many trucks ready for the off well before ten.

    Don
     
  5. 2escapees

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    The 10pm Saturday to 10pm Sunday ban on HGVs on French roads is a great idea.. something for the UK to copy?
     
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    Hi

    Often the two lane section of many Italian motorways are snarled up with slower moving lorries. I am not really bothered whether lorries are on the road or not.

    The chances are, that what ever we are using now, eating, drinking etc - A LORRY BROUGHT IT. We can't manage with out thehm however inconvenient it may be to occasionally follow one.

    Russell
     
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    Well said Russell.

    Jock.
     
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    Hi Dick

    Ive never been stopped in our RV and would presume that they are not classed as HGVs in respect of the ban!

    Also not all HGVs were banned, refrigerated transport for one used to be exempt if they were loaded that is and in the old days perishable fruit i.e. oranges from Spain even if just loaded in tilt trailers (canvas covered), you would get stopped by the gendarmes who would ask to see the load, a box of oranges later and you were on your way!!

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    I think it as to do with if there is a tack-o-graf fitted and Rvs in the uk dont need them yet until some one opens there mouth
    Paul
     
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    What a pity it doesn't cover Great Britain, then at least some British drivers would get a few more weekends with their families instead of companies having their drivers work on Sunday to run down to the Ferry Ports along the south coast.

    EEC my backside, when are the British workers going to be treated EQUAL to their European counterparts. We are definately getting crapped on from a great height.
     
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