The maximum dimensions and weights of vehicles that may circulate freely within EU Member States are harmonised by Directive 96/53/EC as amended by 2002/7/EC. Prior authorisation and more liberal local legislation may allow larger vehicles to travel in some EU countries and elsewhere overseas, but the following are the maximum general limits allowed.

Vehicles that are within these specified dimensions will need no special prior authority for travel. Individual country pages provide guidance on how authority for abnormal loads may be sought.

The table below lists basic details of the maximum height and width of vehicles permitted in each country.

Dimensions — Height and Width


Height (m)

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