Let’s take a look at the upcoming driving bans for heavy goods vehicles above 7.5 tons GVW, which will apply in France in 2021. In general, the rules of previous years apply, with slight changes.
Prohibitions valid in France throughout the year:
- every Saturday from 10 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday
- on the eve of each holiday from 10 p.m. to 10 p.m on a public holiday
Calendar of public holidays in France in 2021:
- Friday, January 1: New Year’s Day
- Monday, April 5: Easter Monday
- Saturday May 1: Labor Day
- Saturday May 8: Victory Day
- Thursday, May 13: Ascension Day
- Sunday May 23: Pentecost
- Monday, May 24: Whit Monday
- Wednesday, July 14: National Day
- Sunday August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Monday, November 1: All Saints
- Thursday, November 11: Memorial Day, 1918
- Saturday, December 25: Christmas
The French Ministry of the Interior this year introduced additional traffic bans for trucks over 7.5 tons.
On the roads of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes network, the bans apply during the winter season, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm on the following Saturdays (lifted from 04.02.2021):
February 6 February 13 February 20 February 27 March 6 From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., heavy traffic is permitted.
In July and August, the restriction applies to the entire road network and is valid from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays:
- July 24
- July 31
- August 7
- August 14
- August 21
- From 19:00 to 24:00 traffic is allowed.
Bans in the Île de France – Paris area
In and around Paris, known as Île de France or the Paris region, specific restrictions apply, depending on whether you are entering or leaving Paris. The bans apply to some sections of the A6a and A6b motorways as well as the A106, A6, A10, A133 and A12:
- entry to Paris: on Mondays and the day after a public holiday from 6:00 to 10:00; on Saturdays from 22:00 to midnight; on Sundays and public holidays from midnight to 24:00 and on the eve of public holidays from 16:00 to 24:00.
- departure from Paris: Fridays from 16:00 to 21:00; on Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 22:00 to midnight; on Sundays and public holidays from 00:00 to 24:00 and on the eve of public holidays from 16:00 to 24:00.
Detailed information (in French) is available in the leaflet you can download here.