Coronavirus Updates and International Easter Driving Restrictions Bans

The RHA has compiled some information on Easter Driving bans, as well as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Where some countries had been relaxing the weekend driving bans, see info
below. Where there has been no relaxation, driving bans will apply both during normal weekends and over the Easter period.

Czech Rep – Confirmation has been received that the lifting of the weekend driving bans will apply over the Easter period – 10th & 13th April

France - Confirmation has been received that the lifting of the weekend driving ban (until 20th April) does include the Easter weekend driving ban (Easter Monday 13thApril)
 
Germany - Apart from Berlin and Thüringen in all Länder the driving ban, including Easter (10th & 13th April), are lifted for all goods at least until 16.04.2020.   See attached LIST for specific info
 
For info here is a translations of the text
Bundesland – Federal State , erlassen am – Enacted from , gultig bis – date of expiry, erfasste Guter – Recorded Goods , Besonderheiten – Particulars
 
Alle Guter – All Goods,  Artikel des Trockensortiments (haltbare Lebensmittel und Hygieneartikel) – Articles in dry range – durable goods and hygiene products,Lebensmittel – Food,  Hygieneartikel – Hygiene products, Medizinische Produkte – Medical supplies/products
Generell alle Beforderungen sowie Leerfahrten werden erfasst - In general, all transportation and empty trips are recorded
Beforderungen der erfassten Guter – carriage of registered goods
gilt auch für in direktem Zusammenhang mit den Beförderungen  stehende Leerfahrten - also applies to empty trips directly related to the transport
Erfasst auch Ausnahme von der Ferien-Reiseverordnung -also covers exceptions to the Vacation Travel Ordinance


Italy - the decree official suspending the driving restrictions for vehicles over 7.5tns and performing domestic transport for dates over Easter has been received  This will be valid on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th, Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th.
For those engaged in international transport the suspension of the driving restrictions ban for weekends and public holidays remains in place until a new communication is received.
 
Slovakia - Confirmation has been received that the lifting of the weekend driving bans will apply over the Easter period – 10th, 12th & 13th April
 
Spain – the previously advised relaxation of the driving restrictions (until 28 March) has not as yet been extended.   Unless we hear otherwise, driving restrictions over Easter WILL apply.  Members will be advised of any change.
 
ROMANIA - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation – DRIVING BAN UPDATE
Romania (4 April 2020)
 
On 4 April, the National Company for Road Infrastructure Administration (CNAIR) lifted driving restrictions on vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the Ploiesti-Brasov section of DN1 (E60) national road. The measure applies until 16 April.
 
Driving restrictions, (the other direction), on the Bucharest-Ploiesti section of DN1 are still in force.
 
 
CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
 
EC INTERNATIONAL WORKERS MOVEMENT CERTIFICATE
 
The EC have produced an international workers movement certificate to enable those that need to cross borders for work can use the ‘Green Lanes’.    Several countries have their own movement certificates, but the EC version may be useful for some.  It can be downloaded HERE.
 
 
 
DENMARK - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation 
Denmark (7 April 2020)
 
On 6 April, the Danish Prime Minister announced that restrictions in place at Danish borders will be extended until 10 May, inclusive; the period could be further extended depending on the circumstances.
 
Goods and freight transport remains exempted.
 
Restrictions on social life currently in place (e.g. bans on events of more than 10 people) are also extended until the same date. Large gatherings are banned until the end of August.
Source: ITD
 
 
FINLAND - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation
Finland (7 April 2020)
 
On 7 April, the Finnish Government decided to prolong the validity of the temporary reintroduction of border controls at the borders and the restrictions on traffic; border controls will be performed until 13 May 2020. Related decrees will be issued to Parliament for approval tomorrow (8 April) and are expected to be approved during this week.
 
Controls aim at further reducing movement at the main commuting border crossing points with Sweden, Norway and Estonia; only work travel that is strictly necessary will be permitted, and employees must carry an employer’s certificate stating that the work is essential.
 
Maritime passenger transport is prohibited: companies operating from Sweden, Estonia and Germany to Finland are requested to suspend the sale of tickets for ships departing on or after 11 April 2020.
 
The provision does not apply to goods and freight transport operations.
 
Regarding the Åland Islands, air passenger transport is permitted only on scheduled flights from Stockholm, Helsinki and Turku to Mariehamn. Passengers travelling from Åland with the destination of mainland Finland are also permitted to travel.
 
People entering Finland are obliged to remain under quarantine-like conditions for 14 days. Such requirements do not apply to essential border crossings of emergency medical services and rescue service personnel or to freight transport.
 
Regarding traffic between Finland and non-Schengen countries (i.e. Russia), Finnish Border Guard officials allow the entry/exit of the following:
 
 
-       Return to Finland: Finnish nationals and their family members; nationals of other EU and Schengen countries and their family members who are residing in Finland; third country nationals residing in Finland with residence permit.
-       Returning transit traffic to other EU or Schengen countries or via them: nationals of EU and Schengen countries and their family members, third country nationals residing in another EU or Schengen country with residence permit.
-       Exit of third country nationals.
-       Necessary traffic, which is:
a)     Healthcare and rescue service professionals/personnel, health researchers, and elderly care professionals.
b)     Transport personnel and other transport staff to the extent necessary. Companies should be aware that, despite additional controls the borders remain open and functional; previous restrictions are still in place.
c)     Diplomats, staff of international organisations, military personnel and humanitarian aid workers carrying out their work.
d)     Necessary transit and return trips.
e)     Passengers travelling for imperative family reasons.
f)       Persons in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons.
g)     Other necessary and justified traffic (e.g. maintenance works that require a specific maintenance team or person arriving from another country and whose work cannot be postponed).
 
The restrictions set by Russia on the Finland-Russia border apply until 1 May 2020.
Source: FinMobility
 
PORTUGAL - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation
Portugal (7 April 2020)
 
On 3 April, the President of the Portuguese Republic announced a new decree extending the deadline of the measures currently in force; these measures will remain applicable until 17 April 2020.
 
In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, companies should telework whenever possible and non-essential shops should close.
 
Internal borders will remain closed for road traffic. International freight transport, cross-border commuters and emergency vehicles are exempted from this restriction. However, only major border crossings with Spain will remain open: Quintanilha, Tui, Vilar Formoso, Elvas, Castro Marim, Vila Verde de Raia (Chaves), Monfortinho (Castelo Branco), Marvão (Portalegre) and Vila Verde de Ficalho (Beja).
 
International goods and freight transport is permitted regardless of the type of services carried out or the type of goods transported. However, drivers should respect hygiene and sanitary requirements set out to prevent the spread of the virus.
 
During the Easter period, professional drivers must have a declaration signed by their employer attesting that the driver is performing a transport operation. The declaration aims at preventing the unnecessary movement of people during this Easter period.
 
The form can be downloaded HERE. The obligation to carry such a document will come into force from 00:00 on 9 April, until 00:00 on 13 April. During this period, the movement of people will only be allowed for professional reasons (freight transport drivers included) or specific needs (to go to hospital, pharmacies or to buy food).
 
Source: ANTRAM
 
SLOVAKIA - Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation
 
Slovakia (7 April 2020)
On 7 April, the Slovak Government decided to temporarily reintroduce border controls from 8 April until 17 April 2020. During this period it will only be possible to enter and exit Slovakia through the following border crossings:
 
Slovakia - Austria

  • Bratislava – Jarovce – Kittsee (motorway)
  • Bratislava – Jarovce - Kittsee (old road)
  • Bratislava – Petržalka – Berg
  • Moravský Svätý Ján - Hohenau

 
Slovakia - Hungary

  • Bratislava Čunovo – Rajka (motorway)
  • Medveďov – Vámosszabadi
  • Komárno – Komárom
  • Štúrovo – Esztergom
  • Šahy – Parassapuszta
  • Slovenské Ďarmoty – Balassagyarmat
  • Šiatorská Bukovinka – Salgótarján
  • Kráľ – Bánréve
  • Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti (road no. I/17)
  • Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti cesta (road no. R4)
  • Slovenské Nové Mesto – Sátoraljaújhely 

 
Slovakia – Czech Republic

  • Svrčinovec – Mosty u Jablunkova
  • Makov – Bílá-Bumbálka
  • Horné Srnie – Brumov-Bylnice
  •  Drietoma – Starý Hrozenkov
  • Moravské Lieskové – Strání
  • Lysá pod Makytou – Střelná
  • Vrbovce – Velká nad Veličkou
  • Brodské – Břeclav (highway)
  • Holíč – Hodonín
  • Skalica – Sudoměřice (new road)

 
Slovakia - Poland

  • Trstená – Chyžné
  • Vyšný Komárnik – Barwinek

 
Procedures at green lane border crossings remain unchanged.
 
In addition, the Slovak police have lifted driving restrictions for goods vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes on 10, 12 and 13 April.
 
Source: CESMAD Slovakia
 
 
UK – RELAXATION OF DRIVERS HOURS
 
Following a specific review, please see link below to the updated notification, which confirms the continuation of the current temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU and GB drivers’ hours rules for the road haulage sector until 21 April 2020.  It also includes a further minor relaxation of the EU drivers’ hours rules, to allow drivers to use the ferry/train derogation; when on a reduced daily rest of 9 hours.
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-the-drivers-hours-rules-all-sectors-carriage-of-goods-by-road/temporary-relaxation-of-the-enforcement-of-the-eu-and-gb-drivers-hours-rules-all-sectors-carriage-of-goods-by-road