Road Transport Operations Luxembourg

One of the world’s smallest countries, Luxembourg is bordered by Belgium on the west and north, France on the south, and Germany on the northeast and east. Luxembourg has come under the control of many states and ruling houses in its long history, but it has been a separate, if not always autonomous, political unit since the 10th century. The population of Luxembourg is circa 650k, Luxembourg City serves as the capital of Luxembourg.

Cabotage 

UK operators may carry loads to, from or through the country. Loads carried between third countries for other EU countries and can only be undertaken with non-EU countries under a bi-lateral agreement. Cabotage is permitted. 

Dangerous Goods 

Luxembourg is party to ADR. It is essential that fully completed ADR documentation is prepared for the movement of dangerous goods. 

For further information, visit the UNECE website at the link below & select the country name applicable  http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/adr/country-info_e.html 

Dangerous Goods Tunnels 

Tunnel Name 

Location  

Category 

Remarks 

Tunnel Saint Esprit 

N57, continuity of The Avenue de la Gare, at the junction of the viaduct and the boulevard FD Roosevelt 

 

E 

Detour indicated to Brussels. There are detour signs in place. 

Tunnel Richard Serra 

N51, at the junction of the JF 

Kennedy at Joseph Street, Hackin 

 

E 

Detour indicated to the Richard Serra roundabout; 

Then follow detour signs. 


Abnormal Loads 

Authorisations are required for all indivisible loads exceeding the maximum vehicle dimensions outlined below. Applications should be made to Ministry of Transport Luxembourg - Tel: +35 2478 4421. 

All abnormal load operators will require a keeper’s certificate to prove ownership of the trailer which must be carried as part of the vehicle documents at all times.
An application form can be downloaded below:

Taxation 

A full tank of fuel can be imported duty-free. 

Customs 

TIR Carnets are accepted for vehicles crossing Luxembourg. ATA Carnets are accepted for certain temporary imports. CMR notes are required. 

Movement Restrictions 

There are driving restrictions throughout the road network for goods vehicles at weekends and public holidays for vehicles exceeding 3.5 tonnes. There are two general traffic bans in Luxembourg.  

  1. Vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight driving towards France -  may not drive on any roads from Saturday 10:30 to Sunday 21:45. 
  2. Vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight travelling to Germany - may not drive on any roads from 11:30 on Saturdays to 21:45 on Sundays. 

For information on Public Holidays in France and Germany, please visit the relevant country pages within this section of the website. 

Exemptions 

the following exemptions are applicable to commercial vehicles exceeding 3.5-tonne mpw: 

  • Vehicles transporting livestock, animal-based perishable goods irrespective of their state (fresh, frozen, deep-frozen or salted, smoked, dried or sterilised), fresh or untreated vegetable-based perishable goods (fruit and vegetables), cut flowers or potted plants and flowers; so long as these goods constitute at least half of the payload or occupy at least half of the loading surface of the vehicle or combination 
  • Empty vehicles making a trip in relation to the transport operations referred to above on the condition that the vehicles are heading for Germany 
  • Vehicles which, during the harvest period, are engaged in the collection and transport of agricultural produce from its place of harvest to its place of storage, packing, processing or transformation 
  • Vehicles carrying loads that are indispensable for the installation of duly authorised economic, sports, cultural, educational or political events 
  • Vehicles carrying only newspapers 
  • Vehicles carrying out office or factory removals 
  • Vehicles belonging to tradesmen and which are used for the sale of their products at fairs; or markets 
  • Vehicles involved in a combined rail-road transport operation between the place of loading and the station of transfer, or between the station of transfer and the destination of the goods, on condition that the distance covered does not exceed 200km and that the transport takes place in the direction of Germany 

Transit Routes 

All vehicles in transit through Luxembourg with a maximum permissible weight in excess of 3.5 tonnes, must follow the prescribed routes as signposted - 'Transit France' or 'Transit Germany'. Failure to adhere to these routes will result in a heavy fine. 

Road Tolls  

Luxembourg is one of 5 countries that operate the Eurovignette toll system, the other countries being Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Heavy goods vehicles and vehicle combinations with a maximum admissible weight from 12 tonnes must have a valid Eurovignette when driving in the countries named above. The Eurovignette is calculated by the vehicles Euro Engine value and the number of axles on the vehicle. 

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls 

At the time of writing there are none that we are aware of. 

Vehicle Legal Documentation 

  • Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs.
  • A GB plate must be fitted to the rear of the vehicle/trailer.
  • A trailer Registration Certificate is a requirement.. To register for a trailer certificate go to https://www.gov.uk/register-trailer-to-take-abroad 

Loads & Load Safety 

More and more EU member states are implementing 'Load Safety Best Practice' and penalising operators/drivers for failure to implement.
The guide can be downloaded below:

Maximum Weights & Dimensions 

Height 

4 metres 

Width 

2.55 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres) 

Length 

Artic 16.5 metres Road Train 18.75 metres 

Weight 

Artic 44 tonnes 
Road Train 44 tonnes 
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles. 


Safety Equipment 

It is compulsory to carry the following items of equipment and/or observe specific rules:

  • First aid kit
  • Minimum of one fire etinguisher  - 12kg capacity 
  • Warning triangle placed 30 metres behind the vehicle in the event of a breakdown, 100 metres if on a motorway 
  • Spare bulbs are advised 
  • Dipped headlights are compulsory at all times 
  • Seat belts must be worn 

Driver Legal Documents 

  • Full passport required.
  • International driving licence and/or UK Licence.
  • Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle (attestation letter and form). 

If the UK fully leaves the EU on 31 January 2021, HGV drivers will require travel insurance with healthcare cover 

Speed Limits 

Vehicles Concerned 

Built-Up Areas (kms) 

All-Purpose Roads (kms) 

Expressways / Dual Carriageways (kms) 

Motorways 

All Commercial Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes 

50 

75 

75 

90 

Dangerous Goods Vehicles 

40 

60 

60 

60 


Further Reading 

The following links provide guidance and further information 

British Embassy 

5 Boulevard Joseph II L-1840Luxembourg 
Tel: +352 22 98 64  
Web: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-in-luxembourg   

Transport Organisation

7, rue Alcide de Gasperi 
L-1615 Luxembourg 
Tel: +352 439 444-1  
Email: [email protected]  
Web: https://clc.lu/