Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources


Date Update: Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Permissible Maximum Dimensions of Lorries in Europe

4.20 m
2.55 m (1)
Length Lorry or Trailer: 
12 m
Road Train: 
18.75 m (2)
Articulated Vehicle: 
16.50 m


(1) Vehicle at controlled temperatures: 2.60 m.
(2) Specialised road train in transport vehicles (only on motorways, dual carriageways, major roads, regional and municipality roads regulated with the Traffic Regulations): 22 m.

Permissible Maximum Weights of Lorries in Europe

Weight per nondrive axle: 
10 t
Weight per drive axle: 
11.5 t
Lorry 2 axles: 
18 t
Lorry 3 axles: 
25 t (1,2,3)
Road Train 4 axles: 
36 t
Road Train 5 axles and +: 
40 t
Articulated Vehicle 5 axles and +: 
40 t (4,5,6)


(1) The driving axle is fitted and pneumatic suspension or recognised as equivalent to EU level, or each driving axle is fitted with double tyres and the MMA on each axle doesn't exceed 9.5 t; vehicle using alternative fuels: 26 t.
(2) Alternative fuel vehicle where additional weight is required for the alternative fuel technology: 26 t.
(3) Three-axle zero-emission vehicle: the maximum authorised weight of 25 t,or 26 t where the driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or suspension recognised as being equivalent within the EU as defined in Annex II, or where each driving axle is fitted with twin tyres and the maximum weight of each axle does not exceed 9.5 t, is increased by the additional weight required for the zero-emission technology with a maximum of 2 t.
(4) Two-axle motor vehicle with three-axle semi-trailer carrying, in intermodal transport operations, one or more containers or swap bodies, up to a total maximum length of 45 ft.
(5) 44 t is applicable for triaxle tractor with a two or triaxle trailer in combined transport transporting the container(s) or if the trailer has been strengthened for unattended transport service or if the trailer has been adapted for interchangeable load compartments, and on highway section A3 Terminal Sežana – Terminal Fernetiči, No. of section 0372.
(6) In the case of vehicle combinations including alternative fuel or zero-emission vehicles, the maximum authorised weights provided for in this section shall be increased by the additional weight of the alternative fuel or zero-emission technology with a maximum of 1 t and 2 t respectively.

Permissible Maximum Dimensions of Coaches in Europe

2 axles: 
13.50 m
> 2 axles: 
15 m
+ Trailer: 
18.75 m
18.75 m

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