The coronavirus COVID-19 logistics update

Dear Saloodo! customers,

the exponential spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 affects us all. Logistics, as a sensitive indicator of the situation of the economy and society, is also feeling the consequences.

One thing is certain: Even in these difficult times Saloodo! remains fully operational for you! As a digital freight platform, our processes have always been paperless, automated and very quickly adaptable. We have found flexible internal solutions for our employees and their families to do our part in containing the coronavirus. At the same time, we can ensure that your transports will continue and that everyone gets the goods they need. For you, this means you will always get the same quality and service that you expect from us.

What’s more, thanks to our worldwide logistics network, we have a lot of up-to-date information on the situation of transport and logistics in the individual countries effected. We will share this information with you on this page, so that you are well prepared and can plan your supply chain despite the coronavirus COVID-19.
We are convinced that Saloodo! is well prepared for all challenges that are currently waiting for us and those that may still come.

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UPDATE: 30.03.2020

The European Commission’s latest key communication on green lanes is now available here in all official EU languages.

Please note that EU leaders also expressed their support for green lanes in their last declaration (26 March) with the following statement: “Where temporary internal border controls have been put in place, we will ensure smooth border management for people and goods and maintain the functioning of the internal market on the basis of the Commission guidelines of 16 March 2020 in accordance with the Schengen Borders Code and the Commission guidelines for the implementation of “green lanes”.

This confirms that the implementation of green lanes is a common commitment of all EU Member States.

Source: IRU

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

According to the information exchanged between IRU members, the vast majority of EU Member States allow double manning, with a crew of two drivers (Article 4, paragraph o)) of Regulation 561/2006.

In France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, special rules apply, whereby a social distance of 1 metre must be respected.

In the case of the United Kingdom, double manning is not prohibited, provided the following conditions are met:

– Minimisation of contact with colleagues and clients. The minimum contact is a combination of time and distance.

– If close contact is not required, a distance of at least two metres should be maintained.

– Regular hand hygiene either by formal hand washing (best) or alcohol gel (good) is important.

– Do not bring your hands to your face / head (e.g. to blow your nose) unless you have just washed / gelled your hands.

– Dispose of the tissue used for blowing your nose and wash/gelatinize your hands before further action.

– When using gloves, change them in case of physical damage or visible contamination or in case of physical injury or when it is necessary for the comfort of the operator.

– If you use PPE, make sure that these (e.g. gloves and/or aprons) are safely removed and disposed of after completion of work – this is the most important step.

The information on the United Kingdom is based on the advice in force at the time of writing this article, but is subject to change.

At this stage, the IRU does not recommend the use of double occupancy in Hungary.

The IRU will continue to monitor the situation and inform Members of any changes.

Source: IRU and exchanges with IRU members

UPDATE: 27.03.2020

On 26 March, the Director-General of DG MOVE, Henrik Hololei, sent a letter to EU Member States inviting them to notify the European Commission (EC) of their national measures concerning COVID-19-related emergency extension of the validity of licences and certificates issued to individuals and professional transport operators and workers (via a single e-mail address EU-COVID-TRANSPORT@ec.europa.eu). It also called on national authorities to take this information into account in the enforcement of relevant legislation, in particular with regard to professional drivers and workers engaged in international activities.

The information provided by EC Member States should include at least the following information:

– the relevant EU (or national) legislation and specific provisions

– A brief description of the measure

– The envisaged duration of the extension (date, from-to)

To ensure that national authorities are informed of exceptional measures taken by other Member States, the EC will publish the national information on its Coronavirus transport platform.

Please note that this is a first general statement, where “specific legal requirements (EC or national) that may be affected by this situation will be identified and communicated as soon as possible”. The services of DG MOVE are currently working on this list, including for road transport, and intend to publish it as soon as possible. A specific IRU Flash Info will follow immediately.

Source: European Commission

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The International Road Transport Union (IRU) has made some clarifications on exemptions from driving and resting time rules granted by different EU Member States – Regulation (EC) No 561/2006:

A number of EU Member States have granted temporary derogations from the driving and rest period rules in accordance with the provisions of Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

The latest official information from the European Commission can be found on its dedicated website https://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/road/social_provisions/driving_time_en under “COVID-19 – Temporary relaxation of driving time rules”.

After several discussions among experts and with the services of the European Commission, the following clarifications can be made:

– If these derogations are granted by EU Member States for international transport (in most cases, but not all), they apply to all drivers of EU registered companies on the territory of the EU Member State concerned;

– The enforcement authorities of the different EU Member States have been and will continue to be informed of the various temporary exemptions introduced by the EU Member States so that they can take them into account when checking drivers at the roadside;

– The services of the European Commission have formally sent the list of exemptions to the UNECE Secretariat with the aim of also informing the competent authorities of the non-EU AETR Contracting Parties of these exemptions so that they may be taken into account when EU drivers are subsequently checked in the territories of the non-EU AETR Contracting Parties;

– As a rule, the exemptions of these EU Member States under EU Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 do not apply to drivers of undertakings registered in AETR contracting parties that are not EU members. One EU Member State (Poland) has formally and explicitly stated that the exemptions granted on Polish territory do not apply to drivers from AETR contracting parties that are not EU members. We therefore strongly recommend drivers from AETR contracting parties who are not members of the EU to comply with the rules of the AETR agreement.

– In exceptional cases, such as those currently encountered on the road and at borders, and in accordance with the provisions of Article 9 of the AETR Agreement, drivers from AETR contracting parties who are not EU members may be “… may depart from the provisions of this Agreement to the extent necessary to ensure the safety of persons, the vehicle or its load. Drivers shall indicate the nature of and the reason for their derogation from these provisions on the record sheet of the recording equipment or in their duty roster”.

– The IRU is in almost constant contact with the services of the European Commission and the representative organisations of enforcement authorities in Europe to discuss, debate and advise on these issues.
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UPDATE: 20.03.2020

The services of the European Commission have made available on its website a special section COVID-19 Temporary relaxation of driving time rules, which provides summary information on the various derogations on driving and rest periods introduced by the EU Member States. It is expected that this section will be regularly updated. The table is available here: “COVID-19 – Temporary relaxation of drivers’ hours rules“.

Source: European Commission

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Border checks have been installed in the vast majority of the countries, which may from time to time lead to congestions on the border crossing points resulting in delays of transports with also possible impact on the End-to-End performance.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Over the past weekend, border checks have been installed in the vast majority of the countries, which may from time to time lead to congestions on the border crossing points resulting in delays of transports with also possible impact on the End-to-End performance.

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

The Ministry of Social Affairs has issued a new regulation restricting the entry into Austria from land border crossing points of persons living or in transit in the following neighbouring countries

Italy
Switzerland
Liechtenstein
Germany
Hungary
Slovenia

Anyone wishing to enter Austria must present a medical certificate, which can be filled out in German, English or Italian, proving that the SARS CoV-2 test is negative. The medical certificate must not be older than four days at the time of entry, otherwise the authorities may refuse entry.

This regulation does not apply to freight or commuter traffic . This regulation came into force on 20.3.2020.

Source: AISÖ

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Throughout Austria, the weekend ban on heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes will be suspended with immediate effect until 3 April 2020. This measure has been discussed and coordinated with Italy and Bavaria in order to avoid waiting times at the borders as far as possible.

The driving bans for trucks over 7.5 tonnes at the Klingenbach and Deutschkreutz (Burgenland) border crossings have also been lifted in order to relieve pressure from the Nickelsdorf border crossing.

At the Austrian-Hungarian border:

– Border crossings to be used for international freight traffic with departure or end in Hungary:

o Hegyeshalom / Nickelsdorf.

o Sopron / Klingenbach (transit vehicles over 7.5 t are permitted until 20 March at 05:00).

o Kópháza / Deutschkreutz (transit vehicles over 7.5 t are permitted until March 20 at 05:00; vehicles over 7.5 t with Austrian or Hungarian registration plates are permitted until March 23 at 00:00).

o Rábafüzes / Heiligenkreuz

– Border crossings to be used by AT-HUN bilateral freight traffic (in addition to the three above):

o Bucsu / Schachendorf.

o Koszeg / Rattersdorf.

o Rábafüzes / Heiligenkreuz.

In addition, the government has announced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest periods for drivers in order to eliminate the bottlenecks caused by the current crisis. The repealed measures comply with Articles 6 to 9 of the EU Regulation No. 561/2006. This exemption is valid from 16 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. The repealed measures are the following:

– Art. 6(1): Replacement of the maximum daily driving time of 9 hours by one of 11 hours;

– Article 6(1) 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by one of 60 hours;

– Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by 60 hours; Article 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving time of 90 hours by one of 100 hours; Article 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving time of 90 hours by one of 100 hours;

– Art. 6(3): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time limit of 90 hours by one of 100 hours; Art. 7: replacement of the minimum requirements for daily breaks by introducing a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours;

– Art. 8(2): reduction of daily rest periods from 11 to 9 hours;

– Article 8(2): reduction of daily rest periods from 11 to 9 hours; Art. 8(6): weekly rest period of at least 24 hours after six 24-hour periods

For further details see the Regulation.

Source: AISÖ

UPDATE: 19.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Austria:

6154
6553
6555
6561
6562
6563
6580
6762
6763
6764
6767
6888
9844.

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Austria:

6154
6553
6555
6561
6562
6563
6580
6762
6763
6764
6767
6888
9844.

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

For passenger transport, the social distance measure of 1.5 million must be respected for all types of collective passenger transport still in operation and permitted, including public bus transport.

In line with the advice on unnecessary journeys abroad, all bus services are in a closure phase. As schools have been closed, all related transport has been suspended, with the exception of schools that need transport to meet their obligation to provide day care for children from families working in key positions, such as health care workers.

Vocational training for driving licences or further training and even checks by the transport companies have been suspended and appropriate measures are being taken to avoid possible violations of validity.

Source: IRU.org

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to quarantine measures – until further notice – there is a temporary stop of Cash On Delivery (COD) and Delivery Against Documents (DAD) service in Belgium. Please do not send COD and/or DAD shipments to BE.

UPDATE: 31.03.2020

In a new regulation, the Minister of Health has temporarily banned all third country nationals (non-EU citizens) from entering the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria at all border crossing points by all means of transport from 00:00 on 20 March 2020 until 17 April 2020. Transport personnel engaged in the carriage of goods are excluded from the scope of this Regulation.

The already announced entry ban for EU citizens from countries with registered infected persons with COVID-19 and the corresponding regulations for drivers from these countries remain in force (official information can be found here. Bulgarian citizens as well as persons with long or permanent residence in Bulgaria and their families are excluded from this ban. They are subject to a 14-day quarantine either at home or in another accommodation of their choice. A special regulation has been provided for truck drivers (here an official regulation):

– Bulgarian lorry drivers are also subject to the 14-day quarantine, unless they return to one of the countries on the list. In this case they must remain in quarantine until their departure;

– Non-Bulgarian drivers – citizens of or coming from the above-mentioned countries – may load and unload goods, but must then leave the territory of Bulgaria immediately. The duration of their movement through the territory of the country should not exceed 24 hours;

– All trucks crossing the country, regardless of their nationality, are escorted by the police. In addition, all foreign trucks entering Bulgaria are escorted by the police to their unloading point.

Furthermore, according to an additional order issued by the Ministry of Health, the entry and transit of trucks registered in the Islamic Republic of Iran and coming from the Islamic Republic of Iran is temporarily prohibited.

On 30.03.2020 the border crossing between Bulgaria and Greece “Zlatograd-Thermes” was closed until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19 and quarantine measures were announced in the respective Greek border region.

Special checkpoints have been established at all entrances and exits of the city of Bansko and all regional centres: Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin, Vratsa, Gabrovo, Dobrich, Kardzhali, Kyustendil, Lovech, Montana, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Razgrad, Ruse, Silistra, Sliven, Smolyan, Sofia, Stara Zagora, Targovishte, Haskovo, Shumen and Yambol.

People can enter and leave these cities only for work, for health purposes, for the care of their relatives, for the need to obtain basic products and medicines. Truck drivers are allowed to pass through this checkpoint, but delays may occur.

Source: AEBTRI

UPDATE: 31.03.2020

Commercial road transport

Following the last exchange (25 and 26 March) with the Croatian authorities, the current situation is as follows:

– There are no restrictions on transit at border crossings when using the green lanes as defined in the European Commission Communication (see Annex 1 and the map of green lanes). The green lanes are open both for transit (in convoys of 50 lorries) and for unloading lorries in Croatia;

– As far as paper documents are concerned, Croatia follows the European Commission’s Communication on the introduction of green lanes to demonstrate their flexibility;

– convoys will be formed at Slovenia’s border crossings with Austria and Italy. For goods in transit, they travel in convoy across the Croatian border, but still within the country, to the border of the next country of destination.

– For goods delivered within Croatia, there is no convoy.

The contact point for the competent Croatian authority is uprava.infrastruktura@mmpi.hr.

Temporary and limited relaxation of enforcement of driving and rest periods

Croatia has reported on a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement provisions concerning driving and rest periods for drivers of vehicles engaged in freight transport. This relaxation is granted under Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. It applies to drivers engaged in national and international freight transport for essential goods, in particular for the distribution of food, feed, fuel, transport of raw materials, medicines and medical equipment, distribution of equipment to hospitals and other public institutions.

Start date: 18.03.2020

End date: 16.04.2020

Source: European Commission website at https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en & https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/temporary-relaxation-drivers-covid.pdf.

General information for travellers

For travellers arriving from certain countries there is a compulsory 14-day quarantine or self-isolation (list available here; Italian citizens included).

The following persons are excluded from the implementation of this measure:

– Health professionals, researchers and health workers, experts in the care of the elderly and persons in urgent need of medical treatment are excluded from this measure;

– cross-border workers;

– carriers and other transport staff, where necessary;

– diplomats, police officers in the course of their duties, civil defence services and teams, staff of international organisations and international military personnel in the course of their duties;

– Passengers in transit.

The exempted persons mentioned above are subject to the instructions and measures of the CIPH.

End date: not available

Further information: http://www.mvep.hr/en/info-servis/press-releases/coronavirus-control-str. See also https://www.koronavirus.hr/.

Source: Croatian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Quarantine requirement or ban for entry for drivers coming to Croatia from IT, DE, FR, CH, ES, AT, UK, NL, SE. Clarification: Croatian hauliers with Croatian drivers are allowed to arrange the required quarantine in a way so that the driver still works but does not leave his truck.
Despite the clarification of requirements for the transport of goods, there is serious shortage of drivers accumulated over the recent days.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

COVID-19 quarantine requirement or ban for entry for drivers coming to Croatia from IT, DE, FR, CH, ES, AT, UK, NL, SE. Clarification: Croatian hauliers with Croatian drivers are allowed to arrange the required quarantine in a way so that the driver still works but does not leave his truck.

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

No overtaking on some sections of the Czech road network

For a period of 60 days from 19 March 2020, the border sections of the D1, D2, D5, D8 and D11 motorways will be affected by the following restriction:

In the direction of the border crossing points, overtaking by lorries over 3.5 tonnes is prohibited.

Vehicles used in the border sections are exempt from this ban:

(a) the carriage of perishable goods, at least half the volume of the load compartment of a vehicle or vehicle combination.

(b) The carriage of live animals.

(c) The carriage of fuel intended for service stations.

(d) The carriage of postal items.

(e) The carriage of medical and biological material, medicines and material for their preparation.

The reason for this restriction is to reduce queues at border crossings and to give priority to essential transport.

The restriction applies to the following road sections:

– Motorway D1 from km 366.300 to the right (direction state border).

– Motorway D2 from km 35,000 to the right (towards the national border).

– Motorway D5 from km 136,300 to the right (direction of parking).

– Motorway D8 from km 86,900 to the right (towards the state border) and from the state border to km 88,200 to the left (towards Prague, because of checks by the Czech Police).

Source: CESMAD-Bohemia

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The situation is critical on the borders between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, as drivers take the 45-minute rest period in the right-hand lane and block access to the border crossing. Drivers are asked to take the rest elsewhere or move it.

Source: CESMAD Bohemia and Czech Police

UPDATE: 19.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Czechia:

78401 (Cervenka)
78391 (Unicov)
78401
78321
78324 (all three – Litovel).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Czechia:

78401 (Cervenka)
78391 (Unicov)
78401
78321
78324 (all three – Litovel).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Czechia:

78401 (Cervenka)
78391 (Unicov)
78401
78321
78324 (all three – Litovel).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Czechia:

78401 (Cervenka)
78391 (Unicov)
78401
78321
78324 (all three – Litovel).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 12.03.2020

The Czech government has decided to install border controls between DE-CZ and AT-CZ from tomorrow (13.03.2020). There is a significant risk of road freight delay – especially inbound trucks going to CZ.

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

Extension of a temporary derogation from the rules on driving time and rest periods with regard to weekly rest

From 13 March 2020 to 11 April 2020, all national freight transport in Denmark is exempted from the rules on weekly rest. From 26 March 2020, the temporary exemption applies to both international and national freight transport.

You can find more information here (in English) or here (in Danish).

Sources: Færdselsstyrelsen and Dansk Industri

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

A Regulation was adopted extending the validity of a number of licences and certificates in the transport sector. The ban on changing drivers between undertakings has also been temporarily lifted. These measures were introduced to prevent a shortage of drivers.

The validity of the following categories of licences and certificates, which expire between 1 March and 30 April 2020, is extended until 31 August 2020

– types of driving licences: C1, C1/E, C, C/E, D1, D1/E, D and D/E

– Certificates for driver training issued in accordance with the Executive Decree on qualification requirements for certain drivers in road transport.

– Certificates of driver training for the carriage of dangerous goods by road issued in accordance with the Regulation on the transport of dangerous goods.

– Safety adviser certificate issued in accordance with the Executive Order on safety advisers for the transport of dangerous goods.

In addition, notwithstanding paragraph 6a (2), 1 of the Forwarding Act, the exchange of drivers between companies with an operating licence for international freight transport in accordance with paragraph 1 (1) is permitted. 1 of the Freight Traffic Act. This applies until 30 March 2020.

Original article in Danish: http://dtl.eu/presserum/nyheder/2020/marts/sundhedsministeren-saetter-lempelser-i-kraft-for-vejtransport/

Source: DTL

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The Danish Minister of Transport has announced that the temporary derogation for drivers’ weekly rest period has been extended for a further 20 days and will therefore apply until 11 April (inclusive).

The derogation only concerns national transport.

The provisions in Article 8.6 of Reg. (EC) 561/2006 are repealed; all other provisions apply.

Source: DI Transport

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

From 28 March (00:00) the Finnish Government closed the Uusimaa region (Greater Helsinki-Capital Region). In practice, a temporary internal border was thus established to separate Uusimaa from the rest of the country.

The restrictions apply to movements to and from the Uusimaa region and remain in force until 19 April 2020. The purpose of these new restrictions is to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19) infections and to slow down the spread of the epidemic from Uusimaa to other parts of Finland. In fact, one third of the Finnish population lives in this region and the vast majority of COVID-19 cases in Finland have been recorded there.

– The movement of goods and merchandise should continue as usual, but delays are expected due to movement restrictions. There are about 30 border crossings to and from Uusimaa, but green lanes for lorries have not yet been established.

– Public transport will not be closed. However, the use of services has already decreased and will continue due to traffic restrictions.

– Restrictions on the movement of people do not apply when movement is necessary:

(a) official activities;

(b) journeys for work, whether as an employee or as an entrepreneur or self-employed person, for study or in connection with a position of trust in society

(c) the performance of military service or any other legal obligation;

(d) the need for care, the risk of death or of the death of a family member, the right of access to a child or for any other similar compelling personal reason.

The police will monitor compliance with movement restrictions. At the request of the police, persons must give an account of the reason for their journey.

Further information can be found under the following links:

– Information published by the Finnish Ministry of Internal Affairs.

– Questions and Answers on the restrictions imposed by the Finnish police.

– Information published by the Finnish Ministry of Transport.

Source: FinMobility

UPDATE: 27.03.2020

On 26 March 2020, the Government issued a decree on the extension of driving times and reduction of rest periods for drivers of buses and lorries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The derogation is to be applied to road transport from 27 March to 25 April 2020 and will allow the daily rest period for drivers to be reduced to 9 hours and the weekly rest period to 24 hours. The government also proposes to distribute the compulsory minimum rest period of 45 minutes more freely between 15 and 30 minutes within a period of four and a half hours.

The full press release can be found here.

Source: Suomen liikenne- ja viestintäministeriö

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

The French government has issued a map to inform lorry drivers about the service stations that are open and offer essential services (such as sanitary facilities and take-away restaurants). This map also provides information on which vehicle service centres are open.

Source: AFTRI

UPDATE: 21.03.2020

Restrictions

From 17 March, 12:00 and for 15 days, new measures have come into force to limit activities and public gatherings to limit the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. A national ban has been declared. People are only allowed to go outside in emergencies, to buy food or to work (a written document must justify any movement). Freight transport is exempt from the movement restrictions.

Confusion has arisen as to whether a certificate justifying journeys for professional purposes (justificatif de déplacement professionnel) is also required for non-French professional drivers. These certificates are available in French and English and can be downloaded here. Pending official confirmation, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) recommends that all professional drivers carry such a certificate in order to avoid unnecessary penalties.

Only the borders of the Schengen area will be closed for the next 30 days (external borders of the European Union).

On 20 March 2020, the French government published a series of additional requirements for passenger transport by bus, coach and taxi and for road freight transport:

– Buses and coaches

o The vehicles must be disinfected once a day.

o The front door of multi-door vehicles cannot be used by passengers unless the driver is fully protected by a transparent barrier.

o The social distance rules must be displayed on the vehicle.

o Tickets are no longer sold on board.

– Taxi

o Passengers can no longer sit next to the driver.

o The driver can refuse passengers with visible symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.

– Road freight transport (conditions apply to drivers and personnel at loading and unloading points)

o The rules of social distancing must be observed.

o Where there is no access to water, disinfection gel must be provided.

o No personal contact is allowed when signing contracts.

o The goods can only be delivered to the place indicated on the transport document.

o Home delivery is only possible if the goods are delivered at the door. No physical contact with the customer is allowed.

o Time limits have been set for complaints about the delivery.

Relieves
Following serious disruption to road traffic experienced by road haulage and logistics companies following the announcement of the closure, the French Government has adopted new measures to facilitate freight transport. These include guarantees for access by freight transport and logistics workers to their place of work and to loading and unloading points, additional protection for freight transport and logistics workers and an exemption for keeping shops, restaurants and sanitary facilities open at service stations. The text of the announcement can be found here. A map with the open restaurants is available online.

In addition, an ordinance was published on 20 March 2020 that lifts the weekend traffic bans on heavy goods vehicles until 20 April 2020. Further details can be found here.

Sources: French government, FNTR and AFTRI

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in LYS Locality Register Area:

01xxx
04140
04340
04400
04530
04850
05xxx
07xxx
26xxx
38xxx
42xxx
69xxx
71000-71049
71118
71260
7157
71680
71850-71870
71960
73xxx
74xxx.

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 31.03.2020

The Free State of Bavaria has extended the facilitation of the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays for all trucks until 19 April 2020.

The State of Hesse has extended the facilitation of the driving ban on Sundays and public holidays to all trucks. The relief applies in Hesse until 30 June 2020.

A constantly updated overview of the state regulations can be found here.

Source: BAG, DSLV

UPDATE: 24.03.2020

Exemptions from Sunday / holiday driving bans have been updated. The most up to date list can be found here (changes highlighted in italics and in colour).

Source: IRU
UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Germany:

Neustadt am Rennsteig (98701)
06928 (Schweinitz)
06917 (Schweinitz)
06917 (Jessen).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Restrictions
Since 16 March, 08:00, Germany has reintroduced temporary border controls at the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark.

The following groups of persons may continue to enter German territory via the borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark:

– persons with German citizenship.

– Persons with a German residence permit.

– Persons with residence in Germany.

– Commuters, regardless of their nationality – proof of commuter status should be carried along (presentation of a commuter certificate here). Seasonal workers, EU parliamentarians and accredited diplomats may also enter.

– Persons who have urgent reasons for entry – a proof of urgent reasons should be carried along. The Federal Police make individual decisions at their own discretion.

In addition to those mentioned above and most important for our profession:

The cross-border movement of goods remains guaranteed. The BGL is not aware of any cases in which cross-border transports of goods have been refused entry into Germany via the above-mentioned borders.

The following groups of persons are denied entry into German territory via the borders to Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark

– Persons who do not belong to any of the above-mentioned groups will be refused entry to Germany.

– Persons showing symptoms of illness – in these cases the competent health authority will be consulted immediately.

Further information can be found here and here.

Situation in service areas and rest stops on German motorways:

– Since 17.03.2020, the use of SANIFAIR sanitary facilities has been free of charge in service areas belonging to the TANK & RAST Group, with the aim of ensuring that motorists have access to the important hand hygiene. Free access to the SANIFAIR sanitary facilities is granted via the “Children’s Entrance” and is expressly signposted. The TANK & RAST Group operates 330 of the rest areas on German motorways and drivers should look out for the TANK & RAST symbol.

– TANK & RAST has also announced that they will not only open the petrol stations but also the associated shops (bakery products, snacks, retail) at all the rest stops they operate.

– The BGL is in contact with all other providers of motorway service stations to ensure the ongoing supply of and access to sanitary facilities with appropriate opening hours for all German motorway service stations. This issue is also being discussed at the highest political level with the Ministry of Transport.

Relieves
The German government has called on the federal states to suspend weekend bans on truck traffic in order to defuse the situation during the crisis. The BGL has provided an overview of the situation in the various regions here.

In addition, a temporary relaxation of driving and rest times was decided at federal level on the basis of Article 14.2 of the EU Regulation 561 ⁄ 2006. The measure applies to road haulage of goods for daily use, including food, medical equipment and fuel, and is valid up to and including 17 April. The following measures have been repealed:

– Possibility of extending driving time to 10 hours five times a week.

– the possibility of taking two consecutive reduced weekly rest periods within four weeks

The measure applies to professional and private transport. Further information can be found here.

Source: IRU.org

UPDATE: 01.04.2020

On 31 March the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport decided to suspend the traffic bans on heavy goods vehicles from 16 April to 21 April and from 30 April to 3 May.

Source: OFAE

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

Drivers must present a certificate form issued by their employer as well as a passport/ID card and the CMR to prove the transport activity during the stay on Greek territory.

At the Evzoni customs office (BCP Greece-North Macedonia) the driving restrictions for trucks are enforced daily from 22.00 to 06.00 hours. Trucks carrying ethyl alcohol, perishable goods and medical goods are exempted from this provision.

Source: OFAE

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Restrictions

On 22nd March 2020 the Greek Prime Minister announced that Greece would impose a national ban from 23rd March 2020, 06:00 am.

movement of persons:

– The freedom of movement of Greek citizens is severely restricted on Greek territory. Special written authorisation is required under certain circumstances. For persons travelling to/from their place of work, an attestation form from their employer is required (attached in Greek only).

– Foreign citizens are not allowed to enter Greece.

– Greek citizens returning to Greece from abroad must be self-employed for 14 days in the country.

– Most international flights from/to Greek airports have been temporarily cancelled.

Freight transport:

– Freight transport is exempt from all restrictive measures.

– All borders are open for international transport.

– Truck drivers are exempt from self-isolation.

– In some cases, port authorities may require a locating form when entering Greece. Truck drivers receive the form and are asked to complete and sign it. The form requires personal and family contact details (attached in English).

– It is currently unclear whether foreign hauliers/drivers require a certificate form from their employer (as in point 1 of the Passenger Transportation above). The OFAE has asked the Greek authorities for further clarification on this point.

Relieves

Temporary relaxation of EU Regulation No. 561/2006 or AETR

Valid from 19.03.2020 to 18.04.20 (inclusive):

– Art. 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving time of 9 hours by one of 11 hours.

– Article 6(1): Replacement of the maximum daily driving time of 9 hours by one of 11 hours. 6(2): Replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by one of 60 hours.

– Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by 60 hours. 7: Replacement of the minimum daily break requirement by the introduction of a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours.

– Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time limit of 56 hours by one of 60 hours. 8(1): Reduction of the daily rest period from 11 to 9 hours.

– Article 8(1) 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond six 24-hour periods.

Source: OFAE

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

MKFE provides all information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) relevant for foreign shippers on an up-to-date website in English. The following information was added to this website:

As of 28 March 2020, the official quarantine (for a period of fourteen days after crossing the border) for Hungarian truck drivers who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 is no longer applicable if the destination is Hungary. The other provisions of the Chief Medical Officer’s decision adopted on 27 March remain unchanged.

This provision should help to reduce the bottlenecks observed on Friday at border crossing points.

Source: MKFE

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

The National Chief Physician has issued a new resolution (already in force) and the following rules will come into force:

Article 6: Road haulage drivers must undergo a medical examination; and

(a) Those who do not show symptoms of COVID-19

(aa) As a Hungarian citizen, if the destination is Hungary, the person must undergo official quarantine for a fortnight after crossing the border

(ab) As a foreigner, if the destination is Hungary, the person must leave the country within 24 hours of unloading the consignment.

(ac) In the case of transit traffic, the person must leave Hungarian territory in the shortest possible time and on the intended transit route.

(ad) Must wear a face mask and rubber gloves when travelling in Hungary.

(b) Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19:

(ba) Hungarian citizens will be placed in a designated quarantine facility.

(bb) Non-Hungarian citizens shall not be allowed to enter Hungarian territory.

Only Article 6.a) (ab), (ac), (ad) and Article 6.b) (bb) apply to drivers engaged in international road transport who are not Hungarian nationals.

Source: MKFE

UPDATE: 01.04.2020

On 31st March the Italian Ministry of Transport extended the temporary authorisation to use authorisations for the use of rolling road, normally used by non-EU companies to enter Italy by rail; these authorisations are temporarily valid for entry into Italy by road. The extension is valid until further notice.

Source: CONFETRA

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has signed a decree extending the suspension of the current ban on the movement of lorries with a total mass of more than 7.5 tonnes on extra-urban roads for the next two Sundays, 29 March and 5 April 2020. Note that for vehicles used in international traffic, the suspension of the traffic restrictions will be maintained until further notice. The text of the decree is available here.

Source: Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister’s Decree of 22 March 2020 on “further implementing provisions of the Decree – 23 February 2020, No. 6, containing urgent measures to contain and manage the epidemiological emergency of COVID-19” was published. This decree is valid for the entire national territory, but also for regions with special status and for the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.

Special attention is drawn to the following points:

– Art. 1.1b: Persons cannot reach by public or private transport a municipality other than the one in which they are located, except for reasons of work or health or in cases of extreme urgency.

– Art. 1.4: Non-significant enterprises have until 25 March to prepare for the suspension; this includes the dispatch of goods in stock.

This decree comes into force on 23 March 2020 and is valid until 3 April 2020. In addition, the Prime Minister’s decree of 11 March 2020 and the decree of the Minister of Health of 20 March 2020, both of which come into force on 25 March 2020, are extended until 3 April 2020.

All non-essential industrial and commercial production activities will be suspended, with the exception of those listed in Annex 1 of the text. The general rules of the decree (pdf file here – IT – official translation not available) in Annex 1 specify the production activities and services that can continue with their activity (ATECO codes – https://www.istat.it/it/archivio/17888).

It is recommended that road haulage and logistics companies check with their clients/clients established in Italy whether their activity is one of those listed in Appendix 1 and whether they can therefore continue their activity.

Some of the activities listed in Annex 1:

– Production of wood packaging material

– Waste collection, treatment and disposal; recovery of materials

– Maintenance and repair of vehicles

– Trade with vehicle parts and accessories

– Wholesale of transport equipment

– Wholesale of petroleum products, lubricants and heating oil

– Land transport and pipeline transport

– Sea and waterway transport

– Air traffic

– Support activities for storage and transport

– Postal and courier services

– Packaging (for own account and for third parties)

Source: FIAP

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has signed a decree suspending the current ban on the use of lorries with a total mass of more than 7.5 tonnes on extra-urban roads on the two days of 15 and 22 March 2020. Note that for vehicles carrying out international transport, the suspension of traffic restrictions will be maintained until further notice.

The Italian government has also published Decree 18 of 17.3.2020 (the so-called “Cura Italia”) to address this crisis. It allows the extension of the validity of a series of permits and certificates for road transport and the extension of the payment of customs duties.

Some of the elements mentioned are:

– Art. 92.3: The deadline for the payment of customs duties due between 17.3. and 30.4. can be extended until 30.5. without additional interest costs.

– Art. 92.4: Vehicles to be checked before 31/7/2020 can now remain in circulation until 31/10/2020.

– Art. 103.1: Certificates, attestations and permits which expire between 31/1/2020 and 15/4/2020 are now valid until 15/6/2020.

– Art. 104.1: Certificates, certificates and permits expiring after 17/3/2020 are now valid until 31/8/2020.

Source: Italian government

UPDATE: 19.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Italy:

64030 Montefino
64031 Arsita
64033 Bisenti
64034 Castiglione Messer Raimondo
64035 Castilenti
65010 Elice
part of the area of postal code 40059 – namely, localities Medicina and Ganzanigo.

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Re-routing of VRN-IST via ferry is considered: delays are expected.

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

From 18 March 2020, persons entering Latvia must fill in the following application forms and submit them to the State Border Service

Form for Latvian citizens and persons with permanent residence in Latvia (holders of a permanent/permanent residence permit and a long-term D visa, if issued in the Republic of Latvia)
The form is available in Latvian, Russian and English.
Form for Lithuanian and Estonian citizens and residents (holders of a permanent/permanent residence permit and a long-stay D visa, if issued in Lithuania or Estonia) returning to Lithuania or Estonia
By signing the form “the person undertakes not to visit any premises open to the public”. Parking lots and petrol stations are not affected by these measures.
The form is available in Russian and English.
Form for all carriers (including foreigners in transit through Latvia), by which the person “undertakes not to visit places open to the public”. Parking lots and petrol stations are not affected by these measures.
The form is available in Latvian, Russian and English.
Source: Latvian Ministry of Transport

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The Ministry of Mobility has defined new measures for bus transport in Luxembourg. The measures apply immediately and until further notice and provide for the following
The front door of multi-door vehicles can no longer be used by passengers.
The first row of passenger seats should remain unoccupied. The driver is requested to fit barrier tape or similar.
The driver no longer sells tickets (RegioZone)
The rules of social distance must be displayed on the vehicle
Source: CLC

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Restrictions
The state of emergency was declared for 3 months, but can be lifted earlier. There are no restrictions on the transport of goods in Luxembourg, but there may be short waiting times at the borders.

Relieves
Luxembourg has agreed on a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest periods for drivers involved in the national and international delivery of goods. This relaxation is granted in accordance with Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This temporary relaxation shall apply from 19 March 2020 until 17 April 2020.

Luxembourg has clarified that driver safety and road safety must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive tired – employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

For the above category of drivers, the following provisions are temporarily relaxed as follows

– Derogation from Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by one of 60 hours.

– Derogation from Article 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving time of 90 hours by one of 96 hours

– Derogation to Article 8(6): postponement of a weekly rest period beyond the period of six to 24 hours.

Source: IRU.org

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to quarantine measures – until further notice – there is a temporary stop of Cash On Delivery (COD) and Delivery Against Documents (DAD) service in the Netherlands. Please do not send COD and/or DAD shipments to NL.

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

The following controls and prioritisation of goods will be carried out at border crossings between Norway and neighbouring countries:

The transport of goods to and from Norway is in no way restricted.
There are no additional queues at Norwegian border crossings.
In addition to the usual customs procedures, border controls have been reinforced by representatives of the police and the army. Their main task is to check the identity of drivers (passport, driving licence etc.).

Prioritisation of goods: Companies that used to have agreements with the Customs Directorate had some advantages in relation to customs procedures, but these do not currently apply. There is an express customs procedure, but only at a border station. In general, there have been no new changes in priorities at border crossing points.
Normally, border crossings for lorries at the Norwegian-Swedish and Norwegian-Finnish borders are fast and efficient compared to most other countries. This pattern has not changed significantly since the outbreak of the Covid 19 virus.

The exception is the Norwegian-Russian border, which is currently closed.
Norwegian quarantine regulations: These have not changed – everyone entering the country must be quarantined for two weeks, except truck drivers coming by car and truck drivers coming to work. Truck drivers can work but must follow the quarantine rules when not working (in addition to all other measures to prevent infection).

Source: NLA

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

In an order of 24th March 2020 the Minister of the Interior and Administration extended the duration of border controls on the internal border with Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia by a further 20 days, i.e. until 13th April. The current restrictions on the entry of foreigners into Poland will also be maintained.

The full text of the regulation can be found here.

Source: ZMPD

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

On 24 March the Polish authorities amended the rules on compulsory quarantine: Drivers engaged in international road transport with vehicles under 3.5 tons are no longer subject to quarantine.

The provision came into force immediately.

Source: ZMPD

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Restrictions
On 13th March the Polish Prime Minister declared a “state of emergency”. In addition to measures to limit public gatherings, the government announced that border controls would be temporarily reintroduced for 10 days (renewable) from 15 March(00:00). During this period:

– Foreigners will not be permitted to enter Polish territory. All air and rail traffic from abroad will be temporarily suspended.

– Polish citizens and foreigners working in Poland who return from abroad must undergo a two-week quarantine period.

– National bus, air and rail transport will operate normally.

– International road transport is not affected by these restrictions. The borders will remain open to the flow of goods and truck drivers engaged in international road transport will not have to comply with the two-week quarantine period. The list of border crossing points open during this period is available here.

On 19 March the Polish Minister of Health abolished the previous obligation to comply with the driver location forms. Furthermore, according to information on the website of the Border Guard, no quarantine will be imposed on:

– persons living in Poland who work in a neighbouring country and regularly cross the border (border crossers).

– Foreigners living in a neighbouring country, working in Poland and regularly crossing the border (cross-border commuters).

– Drivers engaged in the commercial transport of goods and passengers.

Health checks are still carried out at border crossing points. Drivers with a temperature of more than 38 degrees are automatically subject to a medical examination and cannot continue their journey.

The updated waiting times at the border can be found here: www.granica.gov.pl.

Relieves
The Polish Minister of Transport has introduced a temporary relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest periods for drivers engaged in international road transport of passengers and goods. This exemption applies from 18⁄03⁄2020 up to and including 16⁄04⁄2020. The relaxation concerns only international transport and applies only to transport companies registered in the EU (does not apply to contracting parties to the AETR agreement). The following measures are repealed:

– The daily transport time of vehicles must not exceed 11 hours.

– The weekly transport time of the vehicles may not exceed 60 hours.

– The total transport time of the vehicle in a consecutive period of two weeks may not exceed 96 hours.

– After a driving period of five and a half hours, the driver shall be entitled to an uninterrupted break of at least forty-five minutes.

Due to the extension of the transport time of the vehicle from 9 to 11 hours, no exceptions are granted for daily and weekly rest periods.

Source: ZMPD

UPDATE: 19.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, from 18 March till 04 April no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Portugal:

3880 (Ovar).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to coronavirus quarantine restriction measures, from 18 March till 04 April no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following postal codes in Portugal:

3880 (Ovar).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

The Romanian Ministry of the Interior has also announced new measures that will enter into force on 31 March 2020.

1. on entry and for protection against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), drivers of cargo vehicles (with a maximum authorised weight of more than 2.4 tonnes), pilots of aircraft and ship crews may choose one of the following options for their quarantine/isolation for 14 days between trips

(a) quarantine in premises provided by the employer;

b) isolation at home, either together with all the persons with whom they live, or alone in another room;

c) quarantine on request in rooms provided by the public administration authorities; assistance with the costs of quarantine is also available.

2. the drivers of these lorries (with a maximum authorised weight of more than 2,4 tonnes) must fill in a “Declaration of their own responsibility” informing them of the option they have chosen for the duration of their quarantine/isolation.

Source: UNTRR

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

The Romanian Ministry of Transport publishes daily information on its website on the situation at border crossing points. The updated waiting times at the borders can also be found here. At present, the following bottlenecks are reported in particular (at 16:00):

KALAFAT DEPARTURE FROM THE COUNTRY
More than 125 vehicles are waiting, and the queue extends over 2.7 km with a waiting time of more than 3 hours.
KALAFAT ENTRY INTO THE COUNTRY
51 vehicles are waiting and the queue extends over 1.2 km with a waiting time of 50 minutes.

GIURGIU ENTRY INTO THE COUNTRY
Queue of 500 meters, waiting time 60 minutes,
GIURGIU LEAVING THE COUNTRY
5 trucks are currently waiting
Between 14:00 and 15:00, 44 vehicles passed through Giurgu customs and 32 vehicles left the town.

NADLAC II ENTRY INTO THE COUNTRY
Queue of about 2.5 km with a waiting time of about 2 hours.
NADLAC II EXIT FROM THE COUNTRY
Queue of about 3 km, waiting time about 2 hours.

Source: UNTRR

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

On 24 March 2020, the Romanian Ministry of Interior announced the following new measures:

– Isolation at home or, if necessary, quarantine for all persons entering Romania (it is not clear whether this measure also applies to truck drivers). This measure entered into force on 25 March 2020 at 12:00 (Romanian time).

– All flights to France and Germany and from France and Germany to Romania will be suspended for a period of 14 days. This measure does not apply to flights by State aircraft, cargo and mail, humanitarian or medical emergency services and authorised non-commercial technical flights. This measure entered into force on 25 March 2020 at 23:00 (Romanian time).

– Documents issued by the state authorities that expire during the state of emergency may be exchanged within 90 days of the end of the state of emergency.

Transit corridors in Romania

Following the EC request, Romania has established the following transit corridors (map here):

corridor 1

– Alternative 1: Nădlac (border crossing point) – Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Ilia – Deva – Simeria – Sebeș – Sibiu – Râmnicu Vâlcea – Pitești – Bucharest – Giurgiu (border crossing point).

– Alternative 2: Borș (border crossing point) – Oradea – Cluj Napoca – Alba Iulia – Sebeș – Sibiu – Râmnicu Vâlcea – Pitești – Bucharest – Giurgiu (border crossing point).

– Additional corridor from Bucharest to Constanța A2.

Corridor 2

– Giurgiu (border crossing point) – București – Urziceni – Buzãu – Focșani – Bacãu – Suceava – Siret (border crossing point).

Corridor 3

– Nădlac (border crossing point) – Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Caransebeș – Orșova – Drobeta Turnu Severin – Șimian – Maglavit – Calafat (border crossing point).

Corridor 4

– Moravița (border crossing point) – Timișoara – Arad – Oradea – Satu Mare – Halmeu (border crossing point).

Corridor 5

– Nãdlac (border crossing point) – Arad – Timișoara – Lugoj – Ilia – Deva – Simeria – Sebeș – Sibiu – Brașov – Târgu Secuiesc – Lepșa – Focșani – Tesila – Tecuci – Bârlad – Huși – Albița (border crossing point).

The Romanian Ministry of Transport publishes daily information on the situation at the border crossing points on its website here. The information is updated every evening at 20:00.
According to this information (updated on 25.03.2020) there are long queues of trucks and long waiting times at the border crossing points with Hungary and Bulgaria.

Source: UNTRR

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The Romanian Ministry of Interior announced the following new measures:

1) Retail activities, products and services will be temporarily suspended in shopping centres where several economic operators are active, with the exception of the sale of food, veterinary or pharmaceutical products and cleaning services.

2) Recommendations which will enter into force on 22 March 2020 at 22.00 (local time) for passenger transport between 06.00 – 22.00:

– passenger transport outside the house/household should only be carried out for the following reasons

(a) travel in the professional interest, including moving between the place of residence/household and the place of work, where the professional activity is essential and cannot be postponed or carried out at a distance

(b) journeys for the provision of goods to meet the basic needs of persons and their pets and of goods necessary for the professional activity;

(c) journeys for health care that cannot be postponed or carried out at a distance;

d) expulsion for justified reasons, such as care/accompaniment of the child, assistance to elderly, sick or disabled persons or death of a family member;

(e) short trips near the house/domestic environment related to the individual physical activity of the persons and the needs of their pets.

3) Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., the movement of persons outside the house/household is permitted only on presentation of a certificate issued by the employer or a declaration made on his own responsibility at the request of the competent authorities. The declaration of personal responsibility must include first and last name, date of birth, address of the place of residence/household/work and the reason for the journey. The measure is to be applied from 23 March 2020 at 22:00 (local time).

4) Foreign citizens may not enter the territory of Romania, unless they cross Romania through designated corridors, the list of which will be shared as soon as it becomes available. The following categories are excluded from this provision:

a) Family members of Romanian citizens;

b) family members of citizens of other EU Member States, the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation residing in Romania;

c) citizens who hold a long-stay visa, residence permit or a document equivalent to a residence permit issued by the Romanian authorities, or a document equivalent to a residence permit issued by the authorities of other countries in accordance with the law of the European Union

d) persons travelling for professional reasons, proven by a visa, residence permit or equivalent document issued by the authorities of other countries;

(e) diplomatic or consular staff, staff of international organisations, military personnel or personnel able to provide humanitarian assistance;

(f) passengers in transit, including those repatriated on the basis of the granting of consular protection;

(g) passengers travelling for compelling reasons (medical or family reasons)

(h) persons in need of international protection or other humanitarian reasons.
Exceptions:

– National transport of goods and persons

– International road freight transport

– Drivers of lorries over 2.4 t coming from or having passed through “red areas” or “yellow areas” are not subject to quarantine or isolation measures if they do not show any symptoms associated with corona virus infection SARS-CoV-2 at the border crossing point. All persons entering Romania must fill in a form. Templates of these forms are available here in Romanian and English.

– Drivers of lorries over 2.4 t are obliged to carry and wear individual protective equipment such as disinfectants, gloves, face mask at the border crossing point and to present documents certifying the route to the destination.

Source: UNTRR

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UPDATE: 13.03.2020

Romanian government has decided to apply additional controls on every truck at the main borders. Also, the plan is to close the secondary orders. Delays on border crossing with RO are expected.

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

In its continuing efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the territory of the Russian Federation, the Russian Government issued Decree No 763 of 27 March 2020, which temporarily restricts all movements through roads, railways, pedestrians, rivers and combined border crossings, including the land section on the Russian-Belarusian border. This Decision shall take effect from 30 March 2020.

The above restrictions will not apply to truck drivers engaged in international road transport (paragraph 2). This provision applies to citizens of the Russian Federation and foreign truck drivers (paragraph 2, sentence 2 of Government Resolution No. 635 dated March 16, 2020, followed by amendments by Government Resolution No. 730 dated March 25, 2020).

Source: ASMAP

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

At a meeting of the State Commission for the Sustainability and Development of the Russian Economy it was decided to temporarily allow the use of on-board units that pay to the Platon Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) for the payment of tolls during the next 90 calendar days from the date of expiry of their service (verification), with the possibility of extending this period.

On March 25, the Russian President addressed the nation and officially declared the next week (March 28 – April 5) a non-business week for all of Russia. Passenger traffic and international road traffic are excluded from this provision.

Source of information: ASMAP and the Russian government

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Serbian drivers transporting goods are relieved from self-quarantine measures, therefore current transports driven by Serbian hauliers & drivers can run as normal. Ban from entry/quarantine measures for foreign drivers coming from IT, CH, RO, ES, DE, FR, AT, SI, GR are still in force: please consider re-routing trips to avoid transit via RS in case non-Serbian drivers are used.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Border checks; ban for entry/quarantine for drivers coming from Italy and Ticino (CH).
Please consider re-routing trips to avoid transit via RS.

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

After yesterday (27 March) the closure of the border crossing points with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria for trucks over 7.5 tonnes due to bottlenecks and resulting traffic jams at the Hungarian border, the situation is now slowly returning to normal.

All border crossings are now open, including the Brodske – Breclav border crossing between Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Source: CESMAD Slovakia and CESMAD Bohemia

UPDATE: 27.03.2020

According to the Slovakian government authorities, Slovakia is currently closing its borders with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Austria for lorries over 7.5 tonnes as bottlenecks and congestion have formed at the Hungarian borders since this morning.

The only exceptions to this are the transports that are unloaded in Slovakia and those on the designated green lanes https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/green-lanes.pdf. The list of goods that may be transported in the green lanes includes mail, perishable goods, fuel for petrol stations, foodstuffs, the transport of live animals and medical and biological products.

Exit from Slovakia is possible.

The duration is not fixed.

The sources: CESMAD Slovakia and CESMAD Bohemia

UPDATE: 26.03.2020

On 25 March 2020, CESMAD Slovakia provided further clarification of the rules applicable to truck drivers:

– Slovakian truck drivers returning to Slovakia will only be exempted from the quarantine rules if they are performing an international transport and stay at home during the time they are in Slovakia. Slovak drivers returning to Slovakia by car must be quarantined for 14 days in accordance with the regulations in force;

– Foreign drivers performing international freight transport to and from Slovakia are also exempt from the quarantine regulations.

Source: CESMAD Slovakia

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

Slovakia has agreed on a temporary and limited relaxation of enforcement of driving and rest periods for drivers involved in national and international deliveries of goods. This relaxation is granted in accordance with Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006. This temporary relaxation shall apply from 19 March 2020 and shall remain in force until 17 April 2020 inclusive.

Slovakia has made it clear that driver safety and road traffic must not be compromised. Drivers should not be expected to drive tired – employers remain responsible for the health and safety of their employees and other road users.

For the above-mentioned category of drivers, the following provisions are temporarily relaxed as follows:
– Derogation from Article 6(1): replacement of the maximum daily driving time of 9 hours by one of 11 hours.
– Derogation from Article 6(2): replacement of the maximum weekly driving time of 56 hours by one of 60 hours.
– Derogation from Article 6(3): replacement of the maximum fortnightly driving time of 90 hours by one of 96 hours
– Derogation from Article 7: replacement of the minimum daily break requirement by a break of 45 minutes after 5.5 hours.
– Derogation from Article 8(1): reduction of daily rest periods from 11 to 9 hours.

Source: CESMAD Slovakia

UPDATE: 31.03.2020

Restrictions

General restrictions

The Slovenian-Italian borders are closed for passenger transport by train and international occasional and regular bus services.

Lorries whose final destination is Slovenia and lorries carrying postal items, medical equipment, pharmaceutical products or humanitarian aid may enter the country. At national level, the transport of goods for postal consignments, medical equipment and humanitarian aid is permitted.

Convoys

On 14th March the authorities of Slovenia and neighbouring countries agreed to form convoys of cars and lorries to resolve the problem of long queues of vehicles blocked at the borders. Agreements have been reached with the authorities of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. Since 14 March, 71 freight convoys (Italy-Croatia and Italy-Hungary) have been organised. Each convoy must obtain permission before starting its journey.

Border with Italy

At the SLO-IT border, only the following four border crossing points are open to traffic Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije and Krvavi Potok. These border crossing points are open 24 hours a day, except for Krvavi Potok, which is open from 05:00 to 23:00. All other border crossing points are closed.

Entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic is permitted for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, persons who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia, if they present a proof in Slovenian, English or Italian language, which is not older than three days and which contains a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). If a person does not have such a certificate, he/she may enter the Republic of Slovenia only if his/her body temperature is below 37.5°C and if he/she does not show clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath).

Border with Austria

At the SLO-AUT border, only the following points of entry are open Gornja Radgona (always open), Kuzma (always open), Holmec (from 05:00 to 21:00), Karavanke (always open), Jurij (from 06:00 to 21:00), Vič (from 05:00 to 23:00): 00), Ljubelj (always open), Trate (always open), Radlje (always open), Gederovci (always open), Šentilj (motorway, always open), Šentilj (motorway, from 06:00 to 21:00) and Korensko (from 05:00 to 23:00). No passenger train service is allowed.

Entry from Austria is permitted to Slovenian citizens, persons with temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia and foreigners if they can prove a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) not more than three days ago or foreigners with a body temperature below 37.5°C without clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection.

The Regulation does not apply to landowners on either side of the national border carrying out agricultural work, cross-border migrant workers, freight transport, passengers in emergency/ambulance vehicles and transit in organised humanitarian convoys. Transit of persons who are assumed not to be able to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to actions of neighbouring countries is not permitted. The regulation entered into force at 00:00 on 25 March.

Border with Croatia

At the SLO-HR border, the following border crossing points are open for the transit of vehicles from Italy Gruškovje, Obrezje and Starod. Drivers must bear in mind that so far only Obrezje has been used by convoys coming from Italy.

Border with Hungary

At the SLO-HUN border, entry into Hungary is possible at three border crossing points: Dolga vas, Pince and Pince R1/232, the latter being open only to Slovenian and Hungarian citizens. All vehicles entering Hungary are subject to controls and although there are no special restrictions or control procedures for vehicles entering Slovenia, drivers should avoid contact with others and carry protective equipment.

Relieves

Since 27 March, road freight transport has been permitted on weekends.

Extension of the validity of control documents

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of the performance of periodic technical inspections and other procedures related to the registration of motor vehicles and work in tachograph workshops in the Republic of Slovenia, temporarily prohibiting the performance of technical inspections and other procedures until 16 April 2020. Therefore, the validity of driving licences, including motor insurance and ADR certificates for the transport of dangerous goods, has been extended until 16 May 2020.

The Regulation on the temporary ban on offering and selling goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and authorised driver training centres in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training of learner drivers, additional training for learner drivers, training for safe driving, and training for providers of learner drivers and training for safe driving. The validity of driving licences has therefore been extended until 16 May 2020.

The Regulation amending the Regulation temporarily prohibiting the offer and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and authorised driving school centres in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training for initial qualification, theoretical and practical examinations for obtaining certificates of competence and also regular training for the renewal of the Union Code “95”. In addition, it is prohibited to carry out any activities related to the acquisition and renewal of driving licences.

It is also prohibited to organise initial and refresher courses for drivers engaged in the transport of dangerous goods, basic and refresher vocational courses and examinations for exceptional transport attendants, medical examinations for candidates, for drivers and for the renewal of driving licences, medical examinations for drivers of motor vehicles and training and examinations for the safe handling of tractors and tractor attachments. Therefore, the validity of driving licences, certificates of professional competence and the ADR driver qualification certificate, which expire on 16 April 2020, has been further extended until 16 July 2020. Instructions were sent to the Slovenian Police and the Inspectorate for Infrastructure and Financial Administration to take into account the exceptional circumstances related to the validity of various documents in the transport sector and also for foreign users.

Slovenia has signed multilateral ADR agreements:

– M324 concerning certificates of training for drivers and safety advisers; and

– M325 concerning the periodic or intermediate tests on tanks and the certificate of approval of vehicles (for further details click here)

Derogations from the driving and rest period requirements

Slovenia has informed the European Commission that it will apply a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving times and rest periods for drivers of vehicles transporting vital goods (from 16th March to 16th April 2020). It will apply to drivers involved in the delivery of goods in national and international transport. This relaxation will be granted in accordance with Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

A comprehensive overview of the measures taken by the Slovenian government can be downloaded here.

Source: GIZ Intertransport and Government of Slovenia

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

Extension of the validity of documents

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted an Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of the performance of periodic technical inspections and other procedures related to the registration of motor vehicles and work in tachograph workshops in the Republic of Slovenia, which temporarily prohibits the performance of technical inspections and other procedures until 16 April 2020.

Therefore, the validity of these certificates, including motor vehicle insurance and ADR certificates for the transport of dangerous goods, shall be extended until 16 May 2020.

The Regulation on the temporary ban on the offer and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and authorised driver/vehicle training centres in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training of learner drivers, additional training for learner drivers, training for safe driving and training for providers of learner drivers and training for safe driving.

Therefore the validity of driving licences is extended until 16 May 2020.

Special conditions for entry from Italy

General conditions and border crossings from Italy

Under a Government Decree laying down the conditions for entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and the Decree laying down the conditions for entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic to combat infectious diseases, only the following four border crossing points are open Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije and Krvavi Potok These border crossing points are open 24 hours a day, except for Krvavi Potok, which is open from 05:00 to 23:00. All other border crossing points are closed.

Entry from Italy

Entry into the territory of the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic is permitted for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, for persons who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia, if they present a proof in Slovenian, English or Italian language, which is not older than three days and which confirms the completion of a medical test confirming the absence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

If a person does not have such proof, he/she may enter the Republic of Slovenia only if

– their body temperature is below 37.5°C and

– he/she does not show clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath)

Road freight transport from Italy

The transport of goods by road from the Italian Republic to the Republic of Slovenia is also suspended, with the exception of the transport of postal items, medicines, protective equipment and medical devices and humanitarian aid.

Excluded are goods vehicles (freight transport) whose final destination is the Republic of Slovenia.

On the basis of agreements with various neighbouring countries, road transit traffic is currently carried out in organised convoys, in cooperation with the police and with the help of the DARS toll control service.

Conditions for entering Slovenia from Austria

– 13 entry points: Gornja Radgona, Kuzma, Holmec, Karavanke, Jurij, Vič, Ljubelj, Trate, Radlje, Gederovci, Šentilj (motorway), Šentilj (main road) and Korensko

– Passenger train traffic is not allowed.

– Entry from Austria is permitted: Slovenian citizens who are temporarily or permanently resident in Slovenia, foreigners – if they provide proof of a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 not older than three days, or foreigners with a body temperature below 37.5°C without clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection.

– The Regulation does not apply to landowners on either side of the national border carrying out agricultural work, cross-border migrant workers, goods transport, passengers in emergency/ambulance vehicles and transit in organised humanitarian convoys.

– Transit of persons who are assumed not to be able to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to actions of neighbouring countries is not permitted.

– The regulation entered into force at 00:00 on 25 March.

Source: IRU

Temporary and limited relaxation of enforcement of driving and rest time rules for drivers

Slovenia has informed about a temporary and limited relaxation of enforcement of driving and rest time rules for drivers of vehicles transporting vital goods. It applies to drivers involved in the delivery of goods in national and international transport. This relaxation is granted under Article 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

Start: 16.03.2020

End date: 16.04.2020

You can find further information here.

Source: European Commission COVID-10 website

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Ban for entry of trucks transiting via SI from IT. From time to time the road police organize convoys for groups of trucks to transit via SI without stops – however there is no schedule/guarantee to have this service available. Therefore, please still consider re-routing via alternative transit countries.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Ban for entry of trucks transiting via SI from IT: please consider re-routing via alternative transit countries.

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

Entry by road into Swiss territory from Italy, France, Germany and Austria is restricted to Swiss citizens, persons resident in Switzerland and persons entering for professional reasons. Only the major border crossings are open for the movement of persons.

International freight traffic is not affected by these measures and all border crossings are open for freight traffic. At some border crossings there are also green lanes for the import, export and transit of medical products, food, fuel deliveries and mail. A list of border crossings equipped with green lanes for freight traffic can be found here.

Sources: ASTAG and Federal Customs Administration

UPDATE: 01.04.2020

On 30th March the Spanish Ministry of Transport published a list of tourist accommodation that will remain open to receive drivers working in passenger and freight transport amongst others. An interactive map can be found here.

On 31st March the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism published an explanatory note on the application of Royal Decree 10/2020, which regulates paid holidays for people working in non-essential sectors. The Ministry clarifies that the status “essential” applies to types of workers and not to types of goods, so there is no list of “essential goods”. The last paragraph of the explanatory note clarifies that persons engaged in import or export activities of any kind of goods or materials are excluded from the application of the Decree.

Therefore, the transport sector is considered essential, regardless of the type of goods transported.

Sources: ASTIC and CETM

UPDATE: 31.03.2020

In view of the uncertainty surrounding the procedures and checks carried out during road transport and pending further clarification, ASTIC encourages drivers to have on board a certificate signed by the consignor or consignee stating that the goods transported are essential, in accordance with the Annex to Royal Decree 10/2020. Drivers are also encouraged to have on board the declaration of liability signed by the company, annexed to Royal Decree 307/2020.

Source: ASTIC

UPDATE: 30.03.2020

At midnight on 29 March, a new Royal Decree – Law 10/2020 – was issued, which contains new measures to increase prison conditions by introducing compulsory paid leave from 30 March to 9 April for those working in sectors considered to be non-essential.

Those who are forced to take leave will only be able to continue their work after 30 March if essential tasks that were already in progress before the law was published still need to be completed.

This compulsory leave does not apply, inter alia, to the following employees:

– Persons working in both the market supply chain and in the operational area related to the production of basic goods and services, including food, beverages, animal feed, hygiene products, medicines and sanitary products;

– those considered essential for the maintenance of productive activities in the manufacturing industry, i.e. supplies, equipment and materials necessary for the maintenance of the development of essential activities

– those which, since the declaration of the state of emergency, provide transport services for both people and goods.

It is recommended that road haulage and logistics companies check with their clients/clients established in Spain whether their activity is one of the activities carried out during these days.

Source: ASTIC

UPDATE: 28.03.2020

From 29 March to 12 April, Spain introduced the following flexibility with regard to compliance with EU Regulation 561/2006:

– Extension of the daily driving time of 9-10 hours twice a week as long as the daily and weekly breaks are respected.

– A regular weekly rest period of 45 hours and a reduced weekly rest period of 24 hours can be taken within two weeks without having to compensate for the latter.

– The regular weekly rest period may be taken in the cabin, provided the cabin is equipped accordingly.

Source: CETM

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

The President of the Spanish government announced on 22nd March that he would ask Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days until 11th April. The state of emergency means that all people will stay in their homes and limit themselves to the bare essentials.

The transport of goods continues to be exempt from these restrictions, as it is currently authorised to transport any kind of goods, both national and international.

In his recent public appearance, the President acknowledged in particular the essential and valuable work of medical staff, transport companies and the police.

Source: ASTIC

UPDATE: 19.03.2020

Due to quarantine restrictions measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following 4 localities in Spain:

Igualada (08700)
Odena (08711)
Santa Margarida de Montbul (08710)
Villanova del Cami (08788).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 18.03.2020

Due to quarantine restrictions measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following 4 localities in Spain:

Igualada (08700)
Odena (08711)
Santa Margarida de Montbul (08710)
Villanova del Cami (08788).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 17.03.2020

Due to quarantine restrictions measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following 4 localities in Spain:

Igualada (08700)
Odena (08711)
Santa Margarida de Montbul (08710)
Villanova del Cami (08788).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 16.03.2020

Due to quarantine restrictions measures, no pick-ups and deliveries will be in place for the following 4 localities in Spain:

Igualada (08700)
Odena (08711)
Santa Margarida de Montbul (08710)
Villanova del Cami (08788).

Until further notice – please do not pick-up/deliver shipments to these postal codes.

UPDATE: 25.03.2020

Turkey has introduced restrictions on road freight transport.

Turkish drivers returning to their country must undergo a fortnightly quarantine. Drivers from one of the countries listed below are no longer allowed to enter Turkey. Drivers from a country not on the list may enter Turkey after having undergone a fortnightly quarantine outside Turkey (at the border). The list of countries is updated regularly. It should be noted that only for Turkish vehicles at the border are procedures in place to transfer goods to vehicles within Turkey or to exchange drivers.

List of countries (updated on 23.03. afternoon):

Angola / Algeria / Austria / Belgium / Bangladesh / China / Canada / Czech Republic / Chad / Cameroon / Colombia / Denmark / Djibouti / Dominican Republic / Egypt / Ecuador / Equatorial Guinea / France / Finland / Germany / Guatemala / Hungary / Iran / Italy / Iraq / Ireland / India / Côte d’Ivoire / Jordan / Kuwait / Kenya / Kosovo / Kazakhstan / Lebanon / Latvia / Montenegro / Morocco / Mongolia / Moldova / Mauritania / NCTR / Norway / Netherlands / Niger / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea Macedonia / Nepal / Oman / Poland / Philippines / Portugal / Panama / Peru / South Korea / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Saudi Arabia / Slovenia / Sudan / Sri Lanka / United Kingdom / United Arab Emirates / Ukraine / Uzbekistan / Taiwan / Tunisia.

Source: AND

UPDATE: 23.03.2020

The Turkish authorities have taken additional measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). Please note the following changes:

– As of March 21, all flights to/from the listed countries have been banned. The entry of passengers from any of the listed countries was stopped at all Turkish border gates (land, rail, air and sea);

– With effect from 19 March, the following borders were closed to passengers both on entry and exit:

Border gates between Turkey and Greece:

– Ipsala;

– Pazarkule;

– Uzunköprü (railway)

Border gates between Turkey and Bulgaria:

– Kapıkule (country);

– Kapıkule (railway);

– Hamzabeyli;

– Dereköy.

Please note that there will be no restrictions for the transport of goods.

Citizens of the listed countries and third country nationals who have visited these countries within the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Turkey (with an exception for truck drivers who are not citizens of the listed countries; these drivers will be quarantined at the border gate for 14 days before entering Turkey);

There is no restriction for citizens of the listed countries leaving Turkey.

List of countries (updated on 23.03. afternoon):

Angola / Algeria / Austria / Belgium / Bangladesh / China / Canada / Czech Republic / Chad / Cameroon / Colombia / Denmark / Djibouti / Dominican Republic / Egypt / Ecuador / Equatorial Guinea / France / Finland / Germany / Guatemala / Hungary / Iran / Italy / Iraq / Ireland / India / Côte d’Ivoire / Jordan / Kuwait / Kenya / Kosovo / Kazakhstan / Lebanon / Latvia / Montenegro / Morocco / Mongolia / Moldova / Mauritania / NCTR / Norway / Netherlands / Niger / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / North Korea / South Korea / South Korea / South Korea Macedonia / Nepal / Oman / Poland / Philippines / Portugal / Panama / Peru / South Korea / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Saudi Arabia / Slovenia / Sudan / Sri Lanka / United Kingdom / United Arab Emirates / Ukraine / Uzbekistan / Taiwan / Tunisia.

Source: AND

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

In the context of the current measures taken by the Turkish authorities in response to the corona virus epidemic, the following applies:

– Since 21 March, all flights with the countries listed below have been suspended. The entry of passengers from the countries listed has been stopped at all Turkish border points (land, rail, air, sea).

– Nationals of the countries listed below and third country nationals who have stayed in these countries within the last 14 days are not allowed to enter Turkey. (All truck drivers who have visited the listed countries within the last 14 days are quarantined at the border gate for 14 days before entering Turkey)

– There are no restrictions for citizens of the countries listed below who are willing to leave Turkey.

LIST OF COUNTRIES:

China / Iran / Italy / Iraq / South Korea / Germany / France / Spain / Norway / Denmark / Belgium / Sweden / Netherlands / Austria / Egypt / United Kingdom / Switzerland / Saudi Arabia / Turkey / Turkey Arabia / Ireland / United Arab Emirates / Kuwait / Bangladesh / Mongolia / NCTR / Ukraine / Kosovo / Morocco / Lebanon / Jordan / Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan / Oman / Slovenia / Moldova / Djibouti / Equatorial Guinea / Canada / India / Hungary / Guatemala / Poland / Kenya / Sudan / Chad / Philippines / Latvia / Taiwan / Peru / Sri Lanka / Ecuador / Niger / Tunisia / Algeria / Ivory Coast / Finland / Angola / Pull / Dominican Republic / Cameroon / Montenegro / Colombia / Northern Macedonia / Mauritania / Nepal / Portugal / Panama

Source: AND

UPDATE: 22.03.2020

The Department of Transport (DfT) has introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of the enforcement of EU driving time rules in England, Scotland and Wales. It has also introduced a temporary and limited urgent relaxation of enforcement of UK driving time rules in England, Scotland and Wales.

This applies to those who work in all areas of road transport between 00.01 on Monday 23 March and 23.59 on Tuesday 21 April (the continuation of the relaxation after 5 April will be reviewed).

The EU driving time rules can be temporarily relaxed as follows

a) Replacement of the EU daily driving time limit of 9 hours by one of 11 hours.

b) Reduction of the daily rest period from 11 to 9 hours.

c) Increase the weekly (56 hours) and fortnightly (90 hours) driving time limits to 60 and 96 hours respectively.

(d) Postponement of the requirement for the commencement of a weekly rest period after six to 24 hours for a period of seven 24 hours; however, within two weeks, two regular weekly rest periods or one regular and one reduced weekly rest period are still required.

(e) the requirement for daily breaks of 45 minutes after 4,5 hours driving time shall be replaced by a break of 45 minutes after 5,5 hours driving time

Drivers shall not use relaxation “a” and “d” at the same time. This is to ensure that drivers can take sufficient breaks. You can find instructions from the DfT here.

From Monday, 23 March, all road toll regulations in the capital will be temporarily suspended until further notice. This includes the congestion charge, the central London ULEZ and the London-wide LEZ.

Source: FTA

UPDATE: 20.03.2020

The Department of Infrastructure (DfI) has issued a notice on a relaxation of the driving time regulations for Northern Ireland. This temporary relaxation will apply from Wednesday 18 March 2020, 00:01 and will remain in force until Thursday 16 April 2020, 23:59. Initially it will apply to drivers of vehicles involved in the supply of food, non-food (personal and household hygiene and cleaning) and over-the-counter medicines for subsequent journeys:

– Distribution centre to shops (or fulfilment centre).

– From the manufacturer or supplier to the distribution center (including returns).

– From the manufacturer or vendor to the warehouse (or fulfillment center).

– Between distribution centers and the transportation channel of the transportation hub.

– Deliveries from transport centers to stores.

This exception does not apply to drivers making deliveries directly to consumers.

Operators are reminded that this relaxation does not relieve them of their duty of care towards drivers and that drivers should not be allowed or required to drive tired. Operators wishing to make use of the derogation should read the DfI notice in detail, which can be found here.

Source: FTA

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