Summer bans in Iberia
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• Hazardous goods operators travelling to Spain and Portugal should be aware of a series of one and two-day driving bans over the next few months.
These bans are in addition to year-round restrictions that prevent hazardous load hauliers travelling during certain times at weekends in Spain. They are designed to reduce traffic during public holidays: anyone found breaching them faces fines of around .£500.
Yeoman International Transport of Maidstone. Kent had one of its vehicles stopped at Burgos for breaching a 48 hour ban that had been imposed between 31 July and I August.
The groupage haulier was fined 100,000 pesetas (£527). The driver had to wait in a lorry park until the ban expired and he could continue his journey to Lisbon.
Yeoman office manager, Carlos Madeira says: "The situation is very frustrating. Nobody seemed to know about the ban but there should be a way of informing people somehow."
Similar bans will be in force as follows: • 14 August: 12:00hrs until 24:00hrs on 15 August.
• 18 August: 00:00hrs until 24:00hrs.
• 30 August: 12:00hrs until 24:00hrs on 1 September.
• 31 October: 12:00hrs until 24:00hrs on 3 November.
For further information contact the Spanish Embassy nil 0171 235 5555.