Coronavirus: Finland reintroduces drivers’ hours’ regulations; Slovakia extends border controls; Bulgaria introduces a new form
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The Finnish government has decided to reintroduce drivers’ hours’ regulations. Slovakia extended border controls, Bulgaria have introduced a new declaration, which is mandatory for truck drivers.
At the end of May, the relaxation of drivers’ hours’ regulations in Finland, that was introduced on 27 March, will expire. The relaxation will not be prolonged, reports the Finnish Ministry of Transport. This means that from 1 June, Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on driving and rest times applies completely in this country.
The ministry emphasizes that the relaxation is subject to approval by the European Commission.
The Commission is of the opinion that there will be insufficient reasons for derogations in the Member States from June. ”
The EC points out that freight traffic, for example at EU internal borders, is already flowing and that extending the exemptions would increase the risk of accidents.
Slovakia extends border controls
The Slovak government has decided to extend border controls that would expire on 28 May to last until 26 June. During this period, it will be possible to enter and leave Slovakia only through the following border crossings:
Slovakia – Austria
Bratislava – Jarovce – Kittsee (motorway)
Bratislava – Jarovce – Kittsee (old road)
Bratislava – Petržalka – Berg
Moravský Svätý Ján – Hohenau
Záhorská Ves – Angern an der March (newly opened passage)
Slovakia – Hungary
Bratislava Czunowo – Rajka (highway) – for heavy goods transport over 12 t
Medveďov – Vámosszabadi
Komárno – Komárom
Štúrovo – Esztergom
Šahy – Parassapuszta (for truck transport over 12 t)
Slovenské Ďarmoty – Balassagyarmat
Iators Šiatorská Bukovinka – Salgótarján
Kráľ – Bánréve
Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti [Road No. I / 17] (for heavy goods transport over 12 t)
Milhosť – Tornyosnémeti cesta (road No. R4)
Slovenské Nové Mesto – Sátoraljaújhely
Hosťovce –Tornanádaska (newly opened passage)
Slovakia – Czech Republic
Svrčinovec – Mosty u Jablunkova
Makov – Bílá-Bumbálka
Horné Srnie – Brumov-Bylnice
Drietoma – Starý Hrozenkov
Moravské Lieskové – Strání
Lysá pod Makytou – Střelná
Vrbovce – Velká nad Veličkou
Brodské – Břeclav (Highway)
Holíč – Hodonín
Skalica – Sudoměřice (new road)
Slovakia – Poland
Trstená – Chyzne
Vyšný Komárnik – Periwinkle
Procedures at border crossing points in green lanes remain unchanged.
New declaration in Bulgaria
From 22 May, anyone who obtains permission to enter Bulgaria without quarantine (i.e. truck drivers entering and passing through Bulgaria) will be required to submit a new declaration to border control authorities, reports the International Road Transport Union (IRU).