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Operational Activities

UK operators may carry loads to, from or through the country. Loads carried between third countries can only do so if a bi-lateral agreement is in place between all three countries concerned. Cabotage is permitted provided a permit is obtained.

Dangerous Goods
Norway is party to ADR. It is essential that fully completed ADR documentation is prepared for the movement of dangerous goods. Restrictions apply to the transport of dangerous goods in the following tunnels in Oslo:

It is illegal to transport dangerous goods through these tunnels during rush hour. The ban is applied from 07:00 to 09:00 and 14:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, however there are no restrictions on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.

There are restrictions in other tunnels most notably Tunnels, Alesund-Valderoy and Hvaler tunnel (rv. 108 in Ostfold County). The restrictions in question relate to Explosives, liquified gases and flammable liquids. It is prudent to check prior to movement.

Abnormal Loads
Vehicles exceeding the weights and dimensions below must apply for a special authorisation which is available by contacting the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

A maximum of 600 litres of fuel can be imported duty free.

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

Movement Restrictions
There are no driving restrictions in Norway at weekends or public holidays.

Norway Road Tolls - Information and Online Purchase Road Tolls
In Norway, the highways and some major roads are toll routes. Tolls are chargeable for entering the city centers of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim as well as specific toll roads.

Payment can be made at toll stations by traditional means (cash, credit cards, etc…). An electronic alternative is the AutoPASS service, although not all of the existing 45 toll road projects in Norway are adapted to the AutoPASS standard of Electronic Fee Collection. In order to use AutoPASS, the owner has to sign an AutoPASS Contract and buy an AutoPASS On-Board Unit (OBU), an electronic device to be fixed on the windscreen behind the mirror. The AutoPASS Contract can be obtained from one of the companies operating the EFC systems. When using AutoPASS on a highway operated by the contracted company, the driver benefits from major discounts. The AutoPASS can also be used on other highways, however without discount.

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
There are many bridges and tunnels in Norway, all of which are tolled, with the toll charges collected either at the entrance or exit. In all cases, these toll charges are seperate from any road tolls charged within the normal road network.

Bridges Tunnels
  • NorwayAskøy Bridge - bridge toll - Route 562
  • Krifast - tunnel / bridge toll - E39
  • Osterøy Bridge - bridge toll - Route 566
  • Skarnsund Bridge - bridge toll - Route 755
  • Straum Bridge - bridge toll - Route 661
  • Svinesund Bridge - bridge toll - E6
  • Sykkylven Bridge - bridge toll - Route 71
  • Triangle Link - tunnel/bridge toll - E39
  • Atlantic Ocean Tunnel - Atlantic Road from Eide to Averoy
  • Bomlafjord Tunnel - E39
  • Folgefonna Tunnel - Route 551
  • Hell Tunnel - E6
  • North Cape Tunnel - E69
  • Oslosfjord Tunnel - Route 23

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 17 metres
Road Train 19 metres
Weight Artic 47 tonnes (5/6 axles)
Road Train 50 tonnes (5/6 axles only)
There are also various maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains which are applicable according to the number of axles.
NB: Road trains with a total weight of 60 tonnes and a total length of 25.25 meters are permitted on some roads. The dimensions and conditions must conform to the 96/53/EF Directive.

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

Snow Chains
For vehicles with a maximum allowable total weight over 3.5 tonne must be equipped with a sufficient number of non-skid chains which can be fitted to the wheels of the vehicle in winter. Vehicles travelling in the far north of the country, this applies from mid October to 30 April, for the rest of the country it is from 1 November until the first monday following easter.

Driver Requirements

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

Although the LGV Drivers Guide below was written in 2009, it is a must have guide of very pertinent and useful information.

HGV Driver Guide to Norway - Statens Vegvesen

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) All Purpose Roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways
All Commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes 50 80 80 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Thomas Heftyes gate 8, Oslo, Norway. Tel: +47 23 13 27 00 Website: www.ukinnorway.fco.gov.uk
Transport Organisation
Norges Lastebileier-Forbund - St. Olavsgt. 25, Postboks 7134 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo. Tel: +47 22 03 32 00 Website: www.lastebil.no

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