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permits for exceptional transportation

Dimensions unloaded:
Length (m)> 16,50 / 18,75*
Width (m)> 2,55
Height (m)> na**
Mass (t)> 40,00
  • Permitted (m) load overhang divisible load : 1,00
  • Permitted (m) load overhang indivisible load : 3,00
Dimensions loaded / indivisible load:
Length (m)> 16,50 / 18,75*
Width (m)> 2,55
Height (m)> na**
Mass (t)> 40,00

* truck + trailer / draw-bar
** height is initially free

In France, exceptional transports divide into three categories:

Category 1Category 2Category 3
Length (m)≤ 20,00> 20,00 – ≤ 25,00> 25,00
Width (m)≤ 3,00> 3,00 – ≤ 4,00> 4,00
Total weight (Kg)≤ 48.000> 48.000 – ≤ 72.000> 72.000

Transportation escort

Width(m)Length (m)Transport Category 1Transport Category 2Transport Category 3
for dimensions and total weight
≤ 72.000 Kg
Transport Category 3
for total weight or axle load, totalling
≤ 120 000 kg
Transport Category 3
for total weight or axle load, totalling
> 120 000 kg
≤ 3,00≤ 20noneVPVP + VA
20,01 – 25,00none
25,01 – 30,00VPVP + VAVP + VA + Guidage
30,01 – 40,00VP+VA
3,01 – 4,00≤ 25,00VPVP + VAVP + VA
25,01 – 30,00VPVP + VA + Guidage
30,01 – 40,00VP+VA
4,01 – 4,50≤ 25,00VPVP + VAVP + VA + Guidage
25,01 – 30,00VP+VA
30,01 – 40,00VP+VAVP + VA
4,51 – 5,00≤ 40,00VP+VAVP + VA + Guidage
> 5,00> 40,00VP+VA + Guidage

VP = escort in front
VA = escort at the rear
Guidage = escort by private escorts on motorbikes

Driving restrictions

Driving restrictions can vary by department and motorway; this overview only gives the most common driving restrictions.

Weekends: Saturday 12h00 until Monday at dawn ( motorways 12h00 )
Public holidays: between 12h00 on the day prior to the holiday until dawn on the holiday

January 1st – Easter – May 1st – May 8th – Ascension – Pentecost – July 14th – August 15th – November 1st – November 11th – December 25th

Summer holiday: on several Saturdays in July and August in the whole of France

During the summer, there is a total driving ban for exceptional transports on many of France’s motorways. ( Information can be found in the motorway index of your Category 1 long-term permit. )

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