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Determination of the route of dangerous goods transports: Issue - General ruling

In order to ensure the greatest possible safety during the transport of dangerous goods, special regulations apply to the transport of dangerous goods. Dangerous goods are substances and objects which, due to their properties or condition, pose a threat to public safety and order during transport and/or may harm the life and health of people as well as nature or important common goods.

For certain dangerous goods, route determination is required in accordance with § 35 of the Ordinance on the National and International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail and Inland Waterways (GGVSEB). These are listed in Appendix 1 to the GGVSEB. In principle, the transport of these dangerous goods must be carried out on the federal motorways (except for a few specific sections).

The route can be determined by a general decision of the competent authority. For certain so-called bulk goods such as gasoline, heating oil and household gases, this is regulated accordingly. In this decree you can read on which routes in your region (outside the motorways) certain dangerous goods may be transported without having to submit a separate application before transport.

For other dangerous goods that are not covered by the general ruling, you must obtain permits for the individual route regulations within the framework of the dangerous goods regulations. Please note the further information in the service "Route determination of dangerous goods transports: Issue – Individual route determination".

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The general disposition must be available to the driver at the start of the journey.

What else should I know?

The general order is considered a notice and must be carried by the driver. The text and accompanying maps can be downloaded from the following link:


Text checked by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport; updated 19.07.2012


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)