Truck Specialities

Driving restrictions

Permanent restrictions

Vehicles concerned: trucks and combination vehicles with a MPW of over 7.5t and trucks and special vehicles with trailers, if a MPW of the motor vehicleexceeds 3,5t

Area: on motorways, trunk roads and 1stclass roads

Prohibition: on Sundays and public holidays from 13:00 to 22:00

Temporary (summer) restrictions

Vehicles concerned: trucks and combination vehicles with a MPW of over 7.5t and trucks and special vehicles with trailers, if a MPW of the motor vehicle exceeds 3,5t

Area: on motorways, trunk roads and 1stclass roads

Prohibition: from 1 July to 31 August·on Fridays from 17:00 to 21:00;·on Saturdays from 07:00 to 13:00;·on Sundays and public holidays from 13:00 to 22:00

Special prohibition: Vehicles concernedspecial motor vehicles and carts whose overall width exceeds 0.60m

Area: on 1stclass roads outside built-up areas

Prohibition: from 15 April to 30 September·on Fridays and the eve of a public holiday from 15:00 to 21:00;·on Saturdays and the first day of a series of public holidays from 07:00 to 11:00;·on Sundays and the last day of a series of public holidays from 15:00 to 21:00

Exceptions:

a)vehicles engaged in combined transport operations, from the shipper to the nearest loading point or from the nearest unloading point to the consignee;
b)vehicles used for essential seasonal agricultural transport;
c)vehicles used in the construction, maintenance or repair of roads;
d)vehicles transporting perishable goods, provided the goods take up more than half of the loading capacity of the vehicle;
e)vehicles transporting livestock;
f)vehicles transporting fuel for the continuous operation of service stations;
g)vehicles used for the loading or unloading of aircraft, ships or trains up to a distance of 100km;
h)vehicles carrying postal cargo;
i)empty vehicles travelling in connection with any of the transport operations mentioned in the preceding points;
j)vehicles needed in cases of natural disaster;
k)vehicles belonging to the armed forces, police and fire brigade;
l)vehicles carrying chemical substances susceptible to temperature change or crystallisation;
m)vehicles used for driver training

Weight and dimensions – goods transport

Maximum permitted weights and dimension, goods transport
Height4.00m
Width 
Motor vehicle/trailer2.55m
Refrigerated vehicle (minimum thickness of walls – 45mm)2.60m
Length 
Motor vehicle12.00m
Trailer12.00m
Articulated vehicle16.50m
Articulated vehicle + trailer22.00m
Road train 
– motor vehicle + trailer18.75m
– motor vehicle + 2 trailers
22.00m
Weight per axle 
single axle10.0t
drive axle11.5t
tandem axle of motor vehicle, with a distance between the axles of 
– less than 1.00m11.5t
– 1.00m to less than 1.30m16.0t
– 1.30m to less than 1.80m18.0t
– 1.30m to less than 1.80m, if the drive axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension or equivalent, or if the drive axle is fitted with twin tyres and the maximum weight of each axle does not exceed 9.5t19.0t
tandem axle of trailer or semi-trailer, with a distance between axles of 
– less than 1.00m11.0t
– 1.00m to less than 1.30m16.0t
– 1.30m to less than 1.80m18.0t
– 1.80m or more20.0t
tridem axle of trailer or semi-trailer, with a distance between the axles of 
– 1.30m or less21.0t
– over 1.30m to 1.40m24.0t
Maximum permitted weight 
– with 2 axles18.0t
– with 3 axles25.0t
– with 3 axles, and the drive axle is fitted with twin tyres and air suspension 
or equivalent, or if each drive axle is fitted with twin tyres and the maximum 
weight per axle does not exceed 9.5t26.0t
– with 4 axles or more32.0t
Trailer 
– with 2 axles18.0t
– with 3 axles24.0t
– with 4 axles or more32.0t
Articulated vehicle48.0t *
Road train 
– with 4 axles (2+2)36.0t
– with 5 axles (2+3)42.0t
– with 5 axles (3+2)43.0t
– with 5 axles (3+2) if the drive axle of the motor vehicle is fitted with twin 
tyres and air suspension or equivalent, or if each drive axle is fitted with 
twin tyres and the maximum weight per axle does not exceed 9.5t
44.0t
– with 6 axles (3+3)48.0t **

* this is the maximum authorised weight for a tractor + semi-trailer combination; however, the individual elements must not exceed the maximum authorised weight for a single motor vehicle or semi-trailer. The maximum permitted weight for a semi-trailer depends on its configuration
(number of axles and distance between the axles) and is based on the weight per tandem or tridem axle.
** this is the maximum authorised weight for a motor vehicle + trailer combination; however, the individual elements must not exceed the maximum authorised weight for a single motor vehicle or trailer.

Speed limits

All purpose roads (in built up areas)Motorway and assimilated roads (in built up areas)All purpose roads (outside built up areas)Motorways and assimilated roads (outside built up areas) *
Motor vehicles up to 3,5 t508090130
Lorries over 3,5t50808080
Articulated vehicles 50808080
Road trains50808080
  • Vehicles with a maximum construction speed of less than 80 km/ h are forbidden on Czech motorways.

Winter equipment

From 1 November to 31 March, all road vehicles are obliged to have winter tires on the vehicle, provided that there are winter conditions – snow, ice or icing on the road or when weather conditions are possible to assume that this will occur when the vehicle is on the road. Where the road sign “Winter equipment” is located – the vehicle must have winter tires even in good weather conditions.

What is the “Winter equipment ” road sign?
Road signs “Winter equipment” and “Winter equipment-end” are road signs that indicate road sections where is obligatory for vehicle M and N category to be equipped with winter tires in all weather conditions (not only when there is snow, ice or fros on the road).

What tires are considered as winter tyres
A winter tire is marked M + S (M-S, M / S, M&S, MS), possibly a mountain shield symbol and snowflakes on the tire sidewall. The depth of the tread pattern of the main tread grooves or notches of the tire shall be at least 4 mm on all wheels (for vehicles up to 3 500 kg) or at least 6 mm on all drive wheels (for vehicles over 3 500 kg).

The use of studded tires are forbidden.