Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Road Haulage Drivers Exempt from Latest Spanish Quarantine Regulations

British Hauliers Permitted to Continue as Normal Despite Covid-19 Ruling
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UK – SPAIN – Hauliers concerned about returning from Spain after the UK government slapped a 14 day quarantine order on travellers coming in from any part of the country yesterday have no need to worry. Additionally there was confirmation that HGVs can hit the road a little cheaper for the next year.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) confirmed today that the status of drivers returning from Spain remains exempt provided their journey is in a freight vehicle, and they’re carrying community authorisation, consignment note, and Covid movement documents.

Everyone else coming back into the UK, bar a very few other limited exceptions, will need to complete the UK Passenger Contact Locator Form and self-isolate for 14 days, and the authorities reserve the right to track and trace returnees to ensure the rules are being followed.

The move was hurriedly introduced on the 26th July after ministers added Spain to the list of at-risk countries as cases spiked in Catalonia in the north-east and the neighbouring region of Aragón. Despite the apparently localised jump, Britain made the ruling to cover the entire country, even including areas like the Balearic Islands where virus cases remain lower.

In another bright note for hauliers the DVLA has confirmed that the HGV Road User Levy will be suspended from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021. This mean only the basic VED charge will need to be paid and a levy rate of zero will automatically apply at a vehicle’s normal VED/Levy renewal date from August onwards.