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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 under a bi-lateral agreement and/or Individual Authorisations. Cabotage is permitted.

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

Abnormal Loads
Vehicles exceeding the weights and dimensions below must apply for a special authorisation which is available by contacting the Generala Dyrekcja Drog Krajowych i Autostrad

Vehicles exceeding 3.5 metres in width must have an escort; Vehicles exceeding 4.5 metres in height must have a Police escort.

Fuel in the 'running tank(s)' can be imported duty free.

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

Movement Restrictions
There are driving restrictions throughout the National Road network for goods vehicles with a Maximum Permissable Weight over 12 tonnes during Public Holidays.

There are also Local Restrictions for goods vehicles with a Maximum Permissable Weight over 16 tonnes within the area of Warsaw. The prohibition is daily from 07:00 to 10:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00.
The Transit of the city of Warsaw by goods vehicles over 16 tonnes (with the exception of traffic serving communities surrounding Warsaw) is forbidden. Transit traffic should divert via roads No. 50, 62 and 60. Vehicles travelling with a C16 identity card on board are exempt from this restriction. This card is delivered to carriers by the consignor. Restrictions are signposted.

There are also restrictions on HGV movements during periods of high temperatures. Restrictions are notified by the Directorate of National Roads.

Public Holidays
2013 2014
  • January 1
  • March 31
  • April 1
  • May 1, 3, 19 & 30
  • August 15
  • November 1 & 11
  • December 25 & 26
  • January 1
  • April 20 & 21
  • May 1 & 3
  • June 8 & 19
  • August 15
  • November 1 & 11
  • December 25 & 26

The following vehicle types and operations are exempt from the movement restrictions noted above.

NB: The exceptions mentioned under points 2 to 14 apply also to empty vehicles travelling to load cargo or on their return journey after unloading on Polish territory.
* List of perishable foodstuffs (point 12 above) include: meat and edible offal; fish, shellfish, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates; dairy products, in particular yoghurts, kefir, sour cream, milk, cheese, butter and ice cream; eggs and egg pastes; cut flowers and house plants; fresh and frozen vegetables, fruit and mushrooms; cereals and agricultural produce for the production of food, fodder and vegetable fats; ground cereals, in particular flour, oats, semolina and corn granules; fat and oil of animal or vegetable origin; food preserves, in particular of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruit; sweets and confectionery; preserves of cereals, flour, starch, milk powder and bakery products; soft drinks; remains and waste from the food industry, ready-made animal feedstuff; sugar beet; potatoes; fresh yeast; cultivation medium for mushrooms.

Road Tolls
Road Tolls in Poland In Poland, the use of main roads by vehicles with an admissible total weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes depend on:

There are 2 levy types;

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, which will also give you information on rates per Euro emissions class and vehicle weights.

Vehicle Requirements

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

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.
NB: There are restrictions on certain roads where single drive axle weights are concerned, it is therefore essential to check before using them.

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

Snow chains should be carried and used where indicated by the relevant road signs.

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required but no visa required for UK Nationals. International driving licence in addition 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 Residential Areas (Kms) Built-Up Areas (kms) All Purpose Roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways (Kms)
Rigid Trucks under 3.5 tonnes 20 50 90 100 130
Rigids, Artics & Road Trains over 3.5 tonnes 20 50 70 80 80
Lower and/or higher speed limits will be indicated by local road signs (where applicable). NB: Between 23:00 and 05:00, the maximum authorised speed limit is 60 km/h.

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
ul. Kawalerii 12, 00-468 Warsaw. Tel: +48 (22) 311 00 00 Website:
Transport Organisation
Polish Hauliers Association (ZMPD), John Paul II 78, 00-175 Warsaw. Tel: +48 (22) 5361090 Website:

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