Lockdown measures have been relaxed to ensure motorists can now drive anywhere they like as long as social distancing measures are maintained. The government’s 50 page coronavirus document outlines motorists can drive where they wish “irrespective” of distance as long as they stay 2m away from those outside their household.
However, the document says motorists cannot use a vehicle to travel across the country to a second home in a knockout blow for many holiday home owners desperate to escape cities.
It reads: “Leaving your home – the place you live – to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes.”
This was confirmed by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons who confirmed the changes were only implemented to allow people to travel to parks.
Boris Johnson said: “We don’t want to see, let me repeat, we don’t want to see people travelling to another home for a holiday or to a second home.
“You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.”
However, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed it was “lawful” for motorists to drive to an outdoor space for exercise back in April.
Under the former proposals, motorists were not allowed to drive for a prolonged period of time for only brief exercise.
Leading figures in government now say motorists could travel anywhere as long as the new guidelines are followed.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “You can drive as far as you want to drive to go and walk in a park or a particular area that you’re fond of as long as you maintain the social distancing.”
However, there was further confusion for motorists regarding the rules on travelling across the nations of the United Kingdom.
The government’s 50 page document says it was ”important” people respect the rules and “do not travel” to different parts of the UK where it could be breaking the guidelines.”
However, Mr Raab took a slightly more relaxed approach, suggesting motorists could travel between the nations as long as they were “mindful” of the different policies.
He said: “Obviously, if you’re going from one part of the UK to another, so if you’re going from England to Wales or from Scotland to Wales and different rules are in place because the devolved administrations take a different approach you need to be very mindful of the regulations that they’ve got in place.”
Traffic levels are set to rise on UK roads this week as many return to work or benefit from the extra allowances.
Boris Johnson has urged workers to travel in their vehicles, cycle or walk to work instead of taking public transport.
The AA have confirmed extra traffic after Edmund King revealed car breakdown claims were up by 40 percent yesterday morning.
However, traffic may not return to pre-lockdown levels straight away after an AA survey revealed “major changes” could be set to sweep the roads.
The dramatic survey revealed at least one-third of drivers would use their cars less than they did before the lockdown as many continue social distancing measures.
Published at Tue, 12 May 2020 10:49:00 +0000