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EU 27.03.20
DG MOVE letter to EU Member States on the issue of renewal of certain licences or certificates for professional carriers in the EU

On 26 March, DG MOVE Director General, Henrik Hololei, sent a letter to EU Member States requesting them to communicate to the European Commission (EC) services (through a single email address EU-COVID-TRANSPORT@ec.europa.eu) their national measures regarding the COVID-19-related emergency prolongation of the validity of licences and certificates issued to individuals and professional carriers and workers. He also invited national authorities to take this information into account when enforcing the relevant regulatory provisions, in particular regarding professional carriers and workers performing international activities.

The information provided by Member States to the EC, should contain, as a minimum, the following:

- The relevant EU (or national) legislation and specific provision(s)

- A short 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, to be followed by “specific legal requirements (EU or national) liable to be affected by this situation will be identified and communicated as soon as possible”. DG MOVE services are currently working on this list, including for road transport, and intends to publish it as soon as possible. A dedicated IRU Flash Info will immediately follow.

Source: European Commission

 

A consolidated overview of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation is available on IRU Flash Info webpage.

SK 27.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Slovakia

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

- Slovakian truck drivers returning to Slovakia are only exempt from the quarantine regulations if they are performing an international transport, and provided they remain at home during the time spent in Slovakia. Any Slovakian drivers returning to Slovakia by car must quarantine for 14 days, as per the current regulations; 

- Foreign drivers performing international freight operations, to and from Slovakia, are also exempt from the quarantine regulations.

Source: CESMAD Slovakia

 

A consolidated overview of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation is available on IRU Flash Info webpage.

FI 26.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Finland

On 26 March 2020, the Government issued a decree on extending the driving times and shortening the rest periods of drivers of buses and heavy goods vehicles due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The exemption would be applied to road transport from 27 March to 25 April 2020, allowing a shortening of the daily rest period of drivers to 9 hours and weekly rest period to 24 hours. The Government also proposes that the required minimum rest period of 45 minutes be allowed to be more freely split into periods of 15 and 30 minutes within a period of four and a half hours.

The full press release can be found here.

Source: Ministry of Transport and Communications

A consolidated overview of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation is available on IRU Flash Info webpage.

IR 26.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Iran

The situation at Iran’s border crossing points is as follows:

·      Iraq - Iran border crossing points in the Kurdish territory of Parvizkhan - Parvizkhan, Bashmakh - Bashmaq and Tamarchin - Haj Omran:

Iranian export fleet, admission of national fleet from both sides of the border, as well as border transhipment are authorised.  However, third party fleet border crossing and Iraqi export fleet border crossing is prohibited by the neighbouring country.  While admission of Iranian and Iraqi nationals is authorised, departure of Iranian and Iraqi citizens as well as transit of third party citizens is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

·      Iraq - Iran border crossings in main territory of Chazabeh - Sheib, Shalamcheh - Shalamjeh, Mehran – Zorbatieh:

Commercial fleet, except admission of national fleet, is prohibited by the neighbouring country. While admission of Iranian and Iraqi nationals is authorised, departure of Iranian and Iraqi citizens as well as transit of third party citizens is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

·      Pakistan - Iran border crossing of Taftan - Mirjaveh:

Commercial as well as passenger fleet, including admission of national fleet, is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

·      Turkmenistan - Iran border crossing of Sarakhs - Sarakhs, Artiq - Lotfabad and Inchehboroun – GuderOlum:

Commercial fleet, except admission of national fleet, is prohibited by the neighbouring country. The neighbouring country has prohibited entry of passenger traffic. In Bajgiran - Gudan, commercial as well as passenger fleet, including admission of national fleet, is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

·      Turkey - Iran border crossings:

In Kapikoi - Razi BCP, commercial transport is already banned, while admission of Iranian and Turkish nationals is authorised, the departure of Iranian and Turkish citizens as well as transit of third party citizens is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

In Esendere - Sero and Gurbulak - Bazargan BCPs, while admission of Iranian and Turkish nationals is authorised, commercial fleet, except entry of national fleet, is prohibited by the neighbouring country.

·    Afghanistan - Iran border crossings:

In Islam Qala - Dogharoun BCP, commercial and passenger fleet is permitted.

In Farah - Mahirood and Zaranj - Milak, commercial fleet is permitted.

While admission of Iranian and Afghan nationals is authorised, departure of Iranian and Afghan citizens as well as transit of third party citizens is prohibited by both countries.

·    Armenia - Iran border crossing of Meghri - Nordooz:

Commercial and passenger fleet is prohibited by Armenia, while some recent exemptions, in particular for medical cargo, has been declared by Armenia.

Source: Ministry of Road and Urban Development

A consolidated overview of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation is available on IRU Flash Info webpage.

SI 26.03.20
Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – updated situation in Slovenia

Extension of validity of documents

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted a Decree on the temporary ban on performing 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 prohibited, until 16 April 2020, carrying out technical inspections and other procedures.

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

The Decree on temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and driver/vehicle authorised training institutes in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training of learner drivers, additional training for learner drivers, training for safe driving and training for learner driver providers and safe driving training.

As a result, the validity of driving licences is extended until 16 May 2020.

Special conditions applicable to entry from Italy

General conditions and border crossings from Italy

With a Government Order determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic, in order to prevent the spread of infectious disease and with the Decree laying down the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic for the control of infectious disease, 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 until 23:00. All other border crossings are closed.

Entry from Italy

Entry into the territory of the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic is allowed for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, individuals who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia,if they submit proof in Slovenian, English or Italian, no older than three days, of the completion of a medical test confirming the absence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

If an individual does not have such proof, he/she is allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia only if:

·         his/her body temperature is less than 37.5°C, and

·         he/she shows no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath).

Road freight transport entering from Italy

Road freight transport from the Italian Republic to the Republic of Slovenia is also suspended, except forthe transport of postal items, medicines, protective equipment and medical devices, as well as humanitarian aid.

Freight vehicles (freight transport) whose final destination is the Republic of Slovenia are exempted.

Based on agreements with different neighbouring countries, road freight transit transport is currently operated in organised convoys, in cooperation with the police and with the assistance of DARS Toll Inspection service.

Conditions applicable to entry into Slovenia from Austria

·       13 entry points:  Gornja Radgona, Kuzma, Holmec, Karavanke, Jurij, Vič, Ljubelj, Trate, Radlje, Gederovci, Šentilj (motorway), Šentilj (highway) and Korensko.

·       No passenger train traffic is allowed.

·       Entry from Austria is allowed for: Slovenian citizens, temporary or permanent residents in Slovenia, foreigners - if they present proof, no older than three days, of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, or foreigners with a body temperature of below 37.5°C with no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection.

·       The ordinance does not apply to those who own land on both sides of the state border who perform agricultural work, cross-border labour migrants, freight transport, passengers of emergency/ambulance vehicles, and for transit carried out in organised humanitarian convoys.

·       Transit of persons who are assumed to be unable to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to actions of neighbouring countries shall not be allowed.

·       The ordinance entered into force on 25 March at 00:00.

Source: Government of Slovenia

A consolidated overview of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak situation is available on IRU Flash Info webpage.