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International Road Transport Operations in Hungary

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Operational Activities

Cabotage
UK operators may carry loads to, from or through the country. Loads carried between third countries can only do so under a bi-lateral agreement. Cabotage is currently not permitted.

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

Abnormal Loads
Special authorisation must be obtained if vehicles/loads exceed maximum permitted weights and dimensions. Seperate taxes arec applicable as is a tax per kilmetre travelled.

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

Customs
TIR Carnets are accepted for vehicles crossing Hungary. ATA Carnets are accepted for certain temporary imports. CMR notes are advised.

Movement Restrictions
There are driving restrictions throughout the Road network for goods vehicles of 7.5 tonnes and above.

Prohibition
From 1 July to 31 August, from Saturdays 15.00 to Sundays 22.00; and from 22.00 on the eve of a public holiday to 22.00 on the day of the holiday itself.

From 1 September to 30 June, from 22.00 on the eve of Sundays and public holidays to 22.00 on Sundays and public holidays.

When a public holiday precedes or follows a Saturday or Sunday within the periods specified above, restrictions apply from 08.00 on the first day continuously until 22.00 on the last day.

There are no driving restrictions on international traffic from 4 November to 1 March provided the vehicle is of Euro 3 emissions standard or higher.

Public Holidays
2013 2014
  • January 1
  • March 15 & 31
  • April 1
  • May 1, 19 & 20
  • August 20
  • October 23
  • November 1
  • December 25 and 26
  • January 1
  • March 15
  • April 20 & 21
  • May 1
  • June 8 & 9
  • August 20
  • October 23
  • November 1
  • December 25 and 26

Exceptions
Exceptions to the above include:

Applications for exemption must be submitted to the National Transport Authority, Nemzeti Kozlekedesi Hatosag, Pf 102, 1389 Budapest. www.nkh.hu

Hungary Vignettes - Online Purchase Road Tolls
Similarly to other countries, Hungary operate a vignette toll system. The use of toll highways is permitted only if the driver has purchased and attached a motorway sticker to their windscreen (the 'vignette').

A lot of excellent information on the motorway network, tolls etc is available on the website (click on image). There are also 22 web cams throughout the motorway network giving real time updates on motorway activity - webcam images refresh every 0.5 seconds.

The Hungarian system operates a 4 vehicle toll category as follows;

Category 1 day 4 day Weekly Monthly Annual
D1 - 1,650 HUF 2,750 HUF 4,500 HUF 40,000 HUF
D2 3,000 HUF - 7,750 HUF 13,000 HUF 115,000 HUF
D3 3,000 HUF - 11,750 HUF 19,000 HUF 172,000 HUF
D4 3,000 HUF - 14,750 HUF 24,000 HUF 215,000 HUF

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
We are unaware of any Bridge or Tunnel tolls not included within the existing toll system, therefore we recommend contacting the online service provider by clicking the image link (above right) and visiting their website.

Vehicle Requirements

Documentation
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 18.75 metres
Weight Artic 40 tonnes (40 foot ISO containers - 44 tonnes)
Road Train 40 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:-

Snow chains should be carried. If the border entry point states that 'Mandatory Use of Snow Chains', if no chains carried, vehicle will be denied entry into Hungary.

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required. International driving licence in additiona to normal UK Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form. AETR Hours rules apply.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) All Purpose Roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways
Rigid Trucks 50 70 70 80
Artics & Road Trains 50 70 70 80
Vehicles Using Snow Chains 50 50 50 50

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Harmincad Utca 6, Budapest 1051. Tel: +36 (1) 266 2888 Website: www.ukinhungary.fco.gov.uk
Transport Organisation
Hungarian Road Transport Association (MKFE), 77 Egressy Road, Budapest, Hungary 1149. Tel: +36 (1) 252-0688 /225 Website: www.mkfe.hu

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