MAXIMUM SPEED: How fast can I drive with a trailer in Germany?

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In Switzerland, technically designed trailers up to a maximum of 3.5 tons are allowed to drive at a maximum speed of 100 km/h. The regulations are fundamentally different abroad. The UPSA expert knows the details.

Question from a 20 Minutes reader

In Switzerland, you can usually drive a towed caravan at a maximum of 100 km/h. I will be camping at the North Sea soon. A colleague told me that in Germany you can only drive 100 km/h after TÜV and a special sticker. Is it right?

Response from Markus Peter from UPSA*

Yes that’s right. Until the end of 2020, a general speed limit of 80 km/h applied to trailers on Swiss motorways and semi-autobahns. Since 1ah From January 1, 2021, these hitches are allowed to drive in our country at a maximum speed of 100 km/h, provided that the trailer is technically designed for this and its permissible total weight is less than 3.5 tons. Verification of this information is the responsibility of the vehicle owner or driver.

In order to be allowed to drive a car with a trailer at 100 km/h in Germany, special requirements must be met and validated by an officially recognized body.

Markus Peter, UPSA

In order to be allowed to drive a car with a trailer at 100 km/h in Germany, special requirements must be met and validated by an officially recognized body. Only then does the driver receive the 100 km/h sticker, which allows him to drive faster. As an alternative to the test centers based in Germany, you can also have your coupling tested in Switzerland, for example at certain TCS technical centres. The official confirmation recognized in Germany, namely the 100 km/h sticker, will be sent by post about two weeks later.

Most trailers are approved by the manufacturer for a speed of 100 km/h. However, as with a vehicle check, it makes sense to do a quick check in your workshop beforehand so that your team can pass the test the first time. The suitability of the towing vehicle and the trailer is then checked. Particular attention is also paid to the tires on the trailer, as these must be less than six years old and designed for a maximum speed of at least 120 km/h. you will find Here is a TCS checklist of minimum requirements in PDF format.

During the test, particular attention is paid to the tires fitted to the trailer, as these must be less than six years old and designed for a maximum speed of at least 120 km/h.

Markus Peter, UPSA

Please note: This sticker is not an EU regulation as the coupling situation in our neighboring countries is different. In Italy, for example, the maximum speed is usually 80 km/h. In France and Austria, on the other hand, it depends on the weight and the type of towbar. Depending on the latter, maximum speeds can reach 100 km/h in Austria and 130 km/h in France. But it is not necessary to have a macaron like in Germany.

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*Union of Swiss Automotive Professionals (UPSA) is the Association of Swiss Mechanics. Around 4,000 companies with a total of 39,000 employees (9,000 of whom are young people in education and training) ensure that we travel reliably, safely and eco-efficiently. The team of experts answering your questions consists of: Markus Aegerter (Trade and Services), Olivier Maeder (Training), Markus Peter (Technical and Environment) and UPSA Attorney Olivia Solari (Legal).


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