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information for HGVs
and trucks in France
driving restrictions in France
heavy goods vehicles
over 7.5 tonnes are banned from the French road and motorway network
every weekend between the hours of 10
p.m Saturday and 10
are exceptions for trucks carrying perishable produce or refrigerated
produce, trucks servicing sporting events or trade fairs, and a few
weekend HGV bans in France.
weekend truck ban is longer from early July to mid August, when
HGVs are banned from Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and then from Saturday
10 p.m. to Sunday 10 p.m. In other words, during these July and August
weekends, there is a 3 hour window of opportunity on Saturday from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m. for HGVs to reach their destination or get out of
France to a country without weekend HGV bans (unless the Saturday in
question is a public holiday - see below.)
HGV's are also
banned on public
normally from 10 p.m the night before, until 10 p.m on the holiday
itself. The two big summer public holidays in France are 14th July and
15th August. When these public holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday,
Lorries are banned 24/24.
Paris area HGV restrictions:
Further restrictions apply for HGVs in the Paris
HGVs cannot enter
the Paris area on Mondays and day following a public holiday,
from 6 a.m to 10
HGVs cannot leave
the Paris area on Fridays and days preceding a
public holiday, usually from 4 p.m. onwards.
This means that trucks cannot
transit via the inner ring road of Paris (boulevard périphérique)
during these hours.
restrictions on Alpine motorways
There are also extra weekend lorry bans on
Alpine motorways in February - though given the traffic jams that are
possible here at the time, these routes are best avoided by anyone not
needing to use them - lorries or cars, ban or no ban.
parts of Europe:
trucks are also banned on Sundays in Italy, Luxembourg and Germany
ban Sundays, part ban on Saturdays). Trucks are banned in
Switzerland on Sundays.
Check out weather forecasts for France, specially in winter. With the
general exception of western routes via Tours and Bordeaux, routes
crossing France towards Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain
(Portugal) may be subject to heavy snow, notably in mountain areas
(Alps, Vosges, Massif Central). Most of the time the snowplough teams
will do a good job keeping traffic moving, but sometimes the snow falls
faster than it can be removed.... and it just takes one jacknifed HGV
to cause chaos...
Trunk roads not accessible to HGVs
There are a small number of trunk routes in France from which HGVs over
7.5t or over 19t. are
The most important of these are:
- The underground section of the A86 Paris orbital motorway,
round the northwest of Paris (not just banned, but impossible
- The A6 - A7 motorway
route through the centre of Lyon
(use the Lyon orbital routes)
- The N59
from Lunéville (Lorraine) to Sélestat (Alsace)
- The N66
from Remiremont (Lorraine) to Cernay (Alsace)
- The N73
from Chalon sur Saône (Burgundy) to Dole
- The N20
between Linas and Massy on the western exit from Paris
- The D2020
(ex N20) south of Orleans to La Ferté St Aubin
- Motorways through the centre of Lyon (take the
In other places, HGVs may be banned from short sections of route, and
obliged to use a nearby alternative.
motorway tolls for HGVs:
Most French motorways are toll routes. The price per kilometre varies
from toll motorway
to toll motorway, but generally speaking, for trucks or lorries it is
between 18 centimes per
kilometre and 35 cts./km
There are two
classes of tolls
for HGVs : Class 3 tolls apply to lorries with two axels; class 4 tolls
apply to vehicles with more than two axels - notably articulated trucks
toll charge for HGVs:
Paris - Strasbourg (480 km on motorways):
- Class 3 toll 86.10 € ( 18 centimes per
- Class 4 toll 114.30 € (24
centimes per kilometre)
- Class 1 toll (cars) (8 centimes per
/ HGV parking areas on French motorways
There are a number of secure HGV parking areas on French motorways.
Some are on service areas, others are a few hundred metres from the
motorway. These areas provide secure lit parking for trucks 24/24 and
7/7, and are manned by security staff and watched closed-circuit TV
Vermars west service area, southbound Lille-Paris only (Just
Exit 20 - Lesquin, near Lille
A2 Valenciennes, exit 20 (Between Paris & Brussels)
Off motorway park with 300 spaces.
A 10 junction 11 A10/A83 interchange. Off motorway secure parking for
A 16 exit 48 near Calais Transmarck Polley secured lorry
park. Off motorway, 210 spaces.
A 16 exit 48 near Calais All4Trucks secured lorry park. Off
motorway, 150 ->300 spaces.
A 31 Junction 6, Langres south (between Reims and Dijon or Nancy
& Dijon) Private off-motorway park.
A 43 L'Ile d'Abeau North service area, between Chambery and
Lyon, Lyon direction only.
A 46 Lyon eastern orbital motorway. Communay service area secure truck
park, south of Lyon
7 Montelimar east service area. Between Lyon and Avignon. 129
9 Lunel interchange. Near Nimes between Avignon and
Montpellier 149 spaces.
A9 Beziers - Exit 36 Beziers west. Off motorway
park with 330 spaces
A9 Narbonne - Exit 38 Narbonne south. Euro-Diesel Services
truck park. Off motorway
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