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Traffic news  - 9th Feb 2018
Snow continues today to cause problems in the northern half of France. Some roads in the Paris and Normandy areas are still closed to HGVs, and more snow is expected until this evening. Saturday will be dry , followed by rain in  northern France on Saturday evening. Driving conditions are expected to return to normal by 7 am  Monday, with occasional heavy snowfalls limited to northeast France

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Specific HGV info for France HGV driving restrictions Tolls and ecotax road charges Secure HGV parking

 ► Other general pages and information about driving in France 
French motorway tolls Road numbers and roadsigns Avoiding Paris
French motorway service areas Speed limits & cameras Routes from Calais
Filling up French motorway and route map Accidents

Overnight accommodation:
Route maps and hotels close to French motorway exits:
Routes to
Routes via Rouen A10 Paris-Bordeaux
To southeast:  A26 - routes via Reims

Essential information for HGVs and trucks in France

1. HGV driving restrictions in France

 Most 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 p.m Sunday.  
   There are exceptions for trucks carrying perishable produce or refrigerated produce, trucks servicing sporting events or trade fairs, and a few other cases.

HGV driving restrictions in France

 Most 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 p.m Sunday.  
   There are exceptions for trucks carrying perishable produce or refrigerated produce, trucks servicing sporting events or trade fairs, and a few other cases

Additional Summer weekend HGV bans in France.

The 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 holidays, 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 area,
HGVs cannot enter the Paris area on Mondays and day following a public holiday, from 6 a.m to 10 a.m),
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 p�riph�rique) during these hours.

HGV 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.
Other parts of Europe: Note that trucks are also banned on Sundays in Italy, Luxembourg and Germany (full ban Sundays, part ban on Saturdays).  Trucks are banned in Switzerland on Sundays.

Weather conditions

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...
blocked motorway

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 permanently banned.
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 due to height restriction)
  • The N59 from Lun�ville (Lorraine) to S�lestat (Alsace)
  • The N66 from Remiremont (Lorraine) to Cernay (Alsace)
  • The N73 from Chalon sur Sa�ne (Burgundy) to Dole (Franche-Comt�)
  • The N20 between Linas and Massy on the western exit from Paris
  • The D2020 (ex N20) south of Orleans to La Fert� St Aubin
  • Motorways through the centre of Lyon (take the orbital routes)
In other places, HGVs may be banned from short sections of route, and obliged to use a nearby alternative.

2. HGV ecotax charges and motorway tolls

Ecotax now abandoned
After three years of shilly-shallying, the French government has finally capitulated to protests by French and notably Breton truck drivers, and abandoned (at enormous cost) the "Ecotax" that should have come into effect on all main French non-toll dual carriageway routes.
  Pending a decision on what to do with them, the ecotax gantries straddling main French non-toll highways are currently standing idle.
   So for the time being, HGVs can continue to cross France toll-free by using alternative routes to the expensive motorways. However, this will certainly not last, and other solutions are being investigated. The ecotax gantries may still be put into service one day....
   Meanwhile, more and more local authorities are banning transit by HGVS over 7.5 tonnes from sections of main road where there is an alternative motorway route available.

French 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 and semitrailers.
      Sample toll charge for HGVs:     
Paris - Strasbourg (480 km on motorways):
  • Class 3 toll 86.10 € ( 18 centimes per kilometre)
  • Class 4 toll 114.30 €  (24 centimes per kilometre)
  • Class 1 toll (cars)  (8 centimes per km.)
More information:

3.  Secure truck /  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 cameras.
A1  Vermars west service area, southbound Lille-Paris only (Just before Paris)
NEW  A1 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 40 trucks
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
A 7 Montelimar east service area. Between Lyon and Avignon.  129 places
A 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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