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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. However, loads carried between the UK, Sweden and a third member state may be undertaken. Cabotage is permitted.

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

Hazardous goods can be transported across the Øresund Bridge at no extra cost. However, restrictions are in force as they are for tunnels in Sweden. 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 Bridge, 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:-

Øresund Bridge - Special prices and conditions (limited time periods for crossing) apply for abnormal load transport on the Øresund Bridge. Authorisation must be obtained from the Danish police authorities and the Øresund Bridge Traffic Centre must be notified at least two hours before the vehicle crosses the bridge at the following phone number: +45 70 23 90 60. For further information, please visit the Øresund Bridge website Abnormal Load info

Taxation
A full tank of fuel can be imported duty free EU Countries only. Non-EU operated vehicles are limited to 400 litres.

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

Movement Restrictions
There are no driving restrictions on goods vehicles at weekends or on public holidays.

Low Emission Zones
Since 2007, low emission zones (LEZ) have been enforced in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Lund, Helsingborg and Mölndal. The general rule with LEZs in Sweden is that all diesel trucks and coaches have a 6 year period in which they can enter the LEZ, starting from the first year of registration.

Euro 2 and Euro 3 vehicles have an 8 year period of entry starting from the first year of registration. However, regardless of the year of registration, vehicles complying with Euro 4 standards are allowed to enter the zone until 2016 and vehicles complying with Euro 5 standards are allowed to enter the zone until 2020.

For further information on EU Low Emission Zones, visit www.lowemissionzones.eu

Eurovignette - Online Purchase Road Tolls
Sweden is one of 5 countries that operate the Eurovignette toll system, the other countries include Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium. Heavy goods vehicles and vehicle combinations with a maximum admissible weight from 12 tonnes must have a valid Eurovignette when driving in the countries named above. The Eurovignette is calculated by the the vehicles Euro Engine value and the number of axles on the vehicle.

Bridge and Tunnel Tolls
The 2 main toll bridges in Sweden are Øresund Bridge, which connects Malmo to Copenhagen in Denmark and spans the Øresund Strait, the other is Svinesunds Bridge, which crosses the Iddefjord at Svinesund between Sweden and Norway.

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
In Sweden, the public road network is divided into 2 weight classes: Bk1 (Class 1) and Bk2 (Class 2). Bk1, on which higher weights are permitted, covers about 80% of the public road network. The figures indicated below are for Bk1 roads.
Height Unrestricted but roads are generally designed for heights up to 4.5 metres
Width 2.6 metres (Fridges 2.6 metres)
Length Artic 24 metres
Road Train 25.25 metres (Prime Mover + Dolly + Semi-Trailer)
Weight Artic & Road Train (up to) 60 tonnes

NB: 1) Apart from the maximum authorised weight for solo motor vehicles, the maximum authorised weight of a vehicle is determined by the distance between the outermost axles of the vehicle or combined vehicle. On Bk1 roads, limits are applicable according to the distance between the outermost axles of a vehicle or combined vehicle.

NB: 2) On Bk1 roads, the above maximum permitted weights on vehicles, trailers and road trains are applicable according to the number of axles. There are also other maximum weights which are subject to the Distance between the outermost axles of the trailer/semi-trailer. For a comprehensive list of weights/dimensions, please download the pdf available at this link Swedish vehicles/dimensions - IRU

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

Snow Chains
It is not compulsory to carry snow chains on board a vehicle, although we would advise it.

Winter Tyres
It is compulsory for all vehicles with a MPW of 3.5 tonnes or less to be equipped with winter tyres every year between 1 December and 31 March when winter conditions prevail*. The minimum tread depth is 3 millimetres. Tyres must have the following markings to indicate suitability for winter conditions - M+S, M-S, M.S, M&S, MS or Mud and Snow. If the vehicle draws a trailer, the same rule applies to the trailer.

Each year when winter conditions prevail*, between 1 December and 31 March, it is compulsory for all vehicles with a MPW over 3.5 tonnes to be equipped with tyres (winter or summer tyres) with a minimum tread depth of 5 millimetres. This tread depth does not apply to the tyres on the trailer. The use of studded tyres is permitted from 1 October to 15 April and at all times when winter conditions prevail*.

* ice, snow, slush or frost on any part of the road.

Driver Requirements

Legal Documents
Full passport required. International driving licence or normal UK Licence. Letter from employer giving driver permission to drive vehicle - Attestation letter and form. EU Hours rules apply.

Speed Limits

Vehicles Concerned Built-Up Areas (kms) All Purpose Roads (kms) Expressways / Dual Carraigeways (kms) Motorways
Rigid Trucks over 3.5 tonnes 50 70 80 90
Artics 50 70 80 90
Road Trains 50 70 80 80

Country Contact Info

British Embassy
Skarpögatan 6-8, Box 27819, 115 93 Stockholm. Tel: +46 (0) 8 671 3000 Website: www.ukinsweden.fco.gov.uk
Transport Organisation
Swedish Road Haulage Association (Sveriges Akeriföretag), Kungsgatan 24, Box 7248, 103 89 Stockholm. Tel: +46 (0)8 753 54 00 Website: www.akeri.se

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