What is the Bayern-Paket?
The Bayern-Paket (“Bavaria Package”) is a prerequisite in Bavaria in order to receive special permit according to sec. 29 (3) StVO. The special permit is required for self-propelled agricultural machines (SAM) with a width of 3 - 3.5 m (outer tyre edges) that use public roads.
The safety marking for extra-wide SAM such as combine harvesters, beet harvesters or other harvesting machines as well as forage harvesters consists of the following components:
- Front Plate | :
• covers the entire width of the vehicle, min. height 580 mm
• red and white, retroreflective film with chevron pattern (according to DIN 30710) on the front
• retroreflective film sheets (min. 120 mm width) on the outer edges left and right on the backside
• some Federal States require an additional 20 mm wide white reflective tape on the upper edge of the sign
• one marker light on each side
- yellow Conspicuity Tape | on the sides (entire vehicle contour)
- red Conspicuity Tape | on the rear
- rear Marker Boards | red/white, two signs as rigid boards or stickers
- three Rotating Beacons | for the roof, 120 double flashes per minute
- Working Light on the left side (driver’s side) illuminating the tyre
- Convoi Exceptionnel Sign | on the rear
Find an overview of the different safety markings and available options on Safety Markings for Agricultural Machinery at a Glance.
When Do Self-Propelled Machines Need to be Escorted?
Self-propelled machines, additionally to the Bayern-Paket, need to be escorted by a private escort vehicle when driving on public roads. The escort vehicle goes in front of the SAM and warns other road users with the marking sign “Überbreite folgt” | .
An escort vehicle is not required in the following situations:
- at night and at dusk (all roads)
- in built-up areas
- on field and forest roads
- on roads wider than 6 m (excluding motorways and motor roads)
- on roads with continuous visibility of more than 100 m (excluding motorways and motor roads)
- on roads with permanent or continuous speed limit of 70 km/h or less, which ensures in-time stopping within the existing visibility range
Please refer to the regulations of the respective Federal States!