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Operational Activities

UK hauliers may carry goods to, through or from the country, goods can also be carried from Denmark to a third country and vice versa if permitted by the terms of any agreement between the three countries. Cabotage is permitted.

Dangerous Goods
Denmark is a party to ADR, however, there are restrictions on the movement of Dangerous Goods in Denmark on bridges and in tunnels.

Hazardous goods can be transported across the Øresund Bridge at no extra cost. However, restrictions are in force as they are for tunnels in Denmark. Road tunnels with restrictions on dangerous goods vehicles are classified into five tunnel categories, A-E. The Øresund Tunnel is assigned the following tunnel categories:

Category E implies a restriction on all dangerous goods which must be marked in accordance with the ADR regulations with the exception of UN nos. 2919, 3291, 3331, 3359 and 3373.

Tunnel category B implies a restriction on dangerous goods which could result in a major explosion. See the provisions of ADR, Part 8, Section 8.6.

Tunnel restrictions shall not apply when dangerous goods are carried in accordance with ADR, Section 1.1.3 about exemptions.

Abnormal Loads
Special authorisation must be obtained if vehicles/loads exceed maximum permitted weights and dimensions. Where abnormal load movements include the use of the Øresund and Storebæl Bridges, there are restrictions in place which are dictated by various factors, not least the time of crossing, dimensions of vehicle/load etc. It is therefore necessary to contact the relevant authorities at:-

NB Between 15 June and 31 August, if temperatures reach 25 degrees Celsius and over, a driving ban may be enforced from 12.00 to 18.00 for heavy vehicles transporting abnormal loads.

For further information on Commercial Vehicles operating within Denmark, please visit the Danish Traffic Authority (English).

TIR Carnets are accepted for loads crossing Denmark. ATA Carnets are accepted on certain temporary imported goods. CMR notes are standard.

Movement Restrictions
There are no driving restrictions on public holidays or weekends. However, there are local driving restrictions in force for goods vehicles over 18 tonnes mpw seeking access to the centre of Copenhagen. In this situation, it is necessary to contact the local Police Authority for permission at:- Københavns Politi - Trafikafdelingen (Copenhagen Police - Traffic Department), Anker Heegaardsgade 1,1, DK - 1572 Copenhagen V, Tel: (+45) 33 14 14 48

Low Emmission Zones
Similar to the London LEZ, Denmark has several cities that impose restrictions along similar lines. In Denmark, low emission zones mean that heavy duty vehicles either have to meet the stipulated Euro standards or install particle filters. Particle filters must remove a minimum of 80% of particles in the diesel engine exhaust. Cities in Denmark that currently have LEZ's are - Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg. To find out more, please visit the Danish Ministry of the Environment Website

Road, Tunnel & Bridge Tolls
Denmark is one of 5 countries that operate the Eurovignette toll system, the other countries include Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Sweden. Heavy goods vehicles and vehicle combinations with a maximum admissible weight from 12 tons must have a valid Eurovignette when driving in the countries named above.

There are 2 toll bridges in Denmark, which are the Storebæl Bridge (Great Belt), which connects Funen to Zealand and the Øresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden (Copenhagen to Malmo) and spans the Øresund Strait. Prior to the bridges construction commercial vehicles used to use the ferry service from Dragør (DK) to Limhamn (S).

Vehicle Requirements

Green Card required, plus original vehicle registration docs. A GB plate must be fitted to rear of vehicle/trailer.

Maximum Weights & Dimensions
Height 4 metres
Width 2.55 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres)
Length Artic 16.5 metres
Road Train 18.35 metres
There are also other maximum lengths on vehicles and trailers according to the number of axles. ***
Weight Artic 38 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. ***
*** Since 2008, Denmark has introduced a trial allowing Road Trains of 25.25 metres in length with a GVW of 60 tonnes.

Safety Equipment
There is no specific requirement to carry snow chains or to have winter tyres fitted. However, Dipped Headlights are compulsory at all times. It is also advisable to carry wheel chocks, First Aid Kit, Fire Extinguisher and Warning Triangle.

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required. Full UK driving Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) Outside Built-Up Areas (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways (kms)
Truck over 3.5 tonnes 50 70 70 80
Articulated Vehicles 50 80 80 80
Road Trains 50 70 70 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Kastelsvej 36/38/40, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø. Tel: +45 35 44 52 00 Website:
Transport Organisation
DTL, Grønningen 17, Postboks 2250, 1019 København K. Tel: +45 70 15 95 00 Website:

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