Hessen extends overtaking bans for trucks

There is now a permanent or traffic-dependent overtaking ban for trucks on 570 of the approximately 1000 kilometers of autobahn in Hessen. With this, the country wants to make car traffic safer and smoother.

The new overtaking bans apply to trucks over 3.5 tons.

HEssen is significantly expanding the truck overtaking bans on the country’s highways. The new regulations apply above all to inclines and slopes as well as sections where there have been many accidents, said Transport Minister Tarek Al-Wazir (Greens) in Wiesbaden on Tuesday. This means that there is now a permanent or traffic-dependent overtaking ban for trucks over 3.5 tons on 570 of the approximately 1000 kilometers of autobahn in Hesse.

“Disruptions lead to traffic jams, and traffic jams lead to unnecessary pollution and even accidents,” said the minister, explaining the measure with reference to the increasing heavy goods traffic. “Our goal is smooth and safe car traffic.” So far, 480 kilometers of autobahns in Hesse have been banned from overtaking, 280 kilometers of which are traffic-dependent.

According to the Ministry of Transport, the new sections are on the A4 (Kirchheimer Dreieck to Bad Hersfeld), the A5 (Hattenbacher Dreieck to Reiskirchener Dreieck) and on the A45, A60, A66, A67 and A661 motorways. Further sections with truck overtaking bans are to follow on the A7, A45 and A480 with a total length of 40 kilometers after the end of current construction work.