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France: Driving Restrictions 2021

This is a courtesy reminder that goods vehicle driving restrictions are in place for rigid HGVs and artics with a maximum authorised weight of more than 7.5 tonnes, with limited exceptions. These apply across the national road network and on motorways.

The general traffic ban applies all year long to the entire national road network:

: Saturday 22:00 until Sunday 22:00.
: The day prior to public holidays from 22:00 to 22:00 the next day.

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.  

Delays may be expected at péages and other pinch points across the network.

All the details regarding traffic restrictions for heavy goods vehicles can be found at the following web site: