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 périphérique) 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.
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 Lunéville (Lorraine) to Sélestat (Alsace)
- The N66 from Remiremont (Lorraine) to Cernay (Alsace)
- The N73 from Chalon sur Saône (Burgundy) to Dole (Franche-Comté)
- 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 orbital routes)
In other places, HGVs may be banned from short sections of route, and obliged to use a nearby alternative.