10 of the 16 federal states are relaxing the otherwise applicable Sunday driving ban for trucks this Sunday. The reason for this is the nationwide warning strike in the transport sector announced for Monday. Goods transports can be brought forward if necessary. Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Saarland, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Saxony-Anhalt announced that they would not check the truck driving ban on Sunday or would even lift it. Forwarders, trade and Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) had previously spoken out in favor of such a step.

The driving ban normally applies on Sundays from 0 a.m. to 10 p.m. for trucks with a permissible total weight of over 7.5 tons. According to the North Rhine-Westphalia Transport Industry and Logistics Association, the waiver of controls in the 10 federal states should not cause any traffic jams on the motorways. “We’ll see a few hundred more trucks on the highway tomorrow, but it’s not like we have to worry about traffic jams,” said Marcus Hover, Vice President of the association on Saturday. Because this measure comes very late for the industry. The planning of the transports in the forwarding agencies has long since been completed.