Occasional traffic

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The Passenger Transport Act (PBefG) understands occasional traffic in § 46 PBefG to mean various purposes of travel with motor vehicles that are not regular services .


Occasional traffic includes the following types:

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Authorization certificate for occasional traffic national (2019)
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Authorization certificate for occasional traffic national information (2019)
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Extract of the approval certificate (2019)
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EU license for occasional traffic (2019)
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EU license for occasional traffic General provisions (2019)
Authorization documents for occasional traffic

Legal issues

Occasional traffic is differentiated from scheduled traffic ( Section 42 PBefG). All forms of occasional and scheduled transport are subject to authorization. Which permit writers to transport by coach and bus district governments , the transport by car, the county government authorities and the international trade outside the EU area (where permit), the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) in Cologne. This also indicates that on trips while using a highway general seat belt use is.

The social regulations and the regulations on driving and rest times apply and are monitored by customs and the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG). Occasional journeys are subject to an obligation to record in the driver's log , whereas those of private transport are usually not.

The permit for occasional bus services is valid for ten years. The permit for other occasional traffic is valid for five years.


In Switzerland, occasional transport is understood to mean the transport service that does not correspond to the definition of regular transport, including special forms of regular transport, and which is particularly characterized by the fact that groups of passengers that have been formed in advance are transported on the initiative of a client or the transport company itself. According to this, the journeys do not lose the characteristic of occasional traffic even if they are carried out with a certain frequency. The definition of occasional traffic also includes shuttle trips with accommodation in cross-border traffic to or from EU or EFTA countries, where travel groups formed in advance are dropped off at a common travel destination and from there on a later trip by the same company to the common starting point be returned, provided that in addition to the transport service as part of an offer package, accommodation at the destination is provided for the passengers.

In Austria the corresponding law is called the Occasional Traffic Act .


According to the PBefG, occasional traffic is restricted to demand traffic with motor vehicles, while charter traffic extends to all means of transport .

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Text of the Passenger Transport Act (Germany)
  2. EC Directive 2121/98 of October 2, 1998 ( Memento of November 27, 2003 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Leaflet of the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) dated January 1, 2016, on the issuing of permits and certificates and on the implementation of occasional trips in cross-border passenger traffic on the road to or from states of the European Community (EC) and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) , 2016, p. 2
  4. ^ Federal legal information system, Federal law on the non-regular commercial transport of persons by motor vehicle (Occasional Traffic Law 1996 - GelverkG)