On 26 April, the Italian Prime Minister announced the “Phase 2” rules, applicable from 4-17 May, by way of DPCM 26 April 2020. Many of the rules currently in force will be maintained.
Concerning road transport and logistics, relevant information is the following:
· Art. 2.7: Companies whose activity must be suspended following modifications to ATECO codes listed in Annex 3 must complete the shipment of goods in stock by 30 April.
· Art. 2.9: Companies whose activity can restart following modifications to ATECO codes listed in Annex 3 can undertake reopening preparations from 27 April.
· Art. 3.2: The obligation for passengers to wear a face mask while being in publicly accessible indoor areas and on public transport does not apply to children under 6 years of age nor to people with disabilities which are not compatible with wearing a mask.
· Art. 4.2: Before boarding, transport companies must check traveller’s body temperature and transport documents. Boarding is refused in cases of fever or incomplete documentation. Transport companies must guarantee a minimum of 1m separation between travellers. Transport companies must supply travellers with appropriate personal protection equipment (masks, gloves) in case they don’t have them.
· Art. 5: Rules and procedures for people entering or transiting through Italy for work – the current rules continue to apply.
· Annex 6, point 3 of the Protocol for Covid-19 containment: guidelines for the access of third party suppliers to companies’ premises:
- Companies must identify entry, transit and exit procedures for their suppliers. Those procedures must consider itineraries and timings, with the aim of reducing contact between suppliers and company personnel.
- If possible, drivers must stay on board the vehicle. Drivers cannot access the company offices. Concerning loading and unloading activities, the minimum 1m distance must be observed.
- The company must designate or install toilet facilities for third party drivers/suppliers, separated from those used by its employees. Daily cleaning must be ensured.
- In cases where the company carries out own account transport, workers’ security must be ensured at all times.
· Annex 8: Protocol for road transport and logistics sector (adopted on 20 March).
· Annex 9: Protocol for public transport (adopted on 14 March).
Source: Italian Government
On 21 April, ANAS and ASPI have confirmed that prorogations mentioned in Art. 130 c.2 of Decree 18/2020 are applicable to certification for exceptional load transport operations. Therefore, authorisations which expire between 31 January and 15 April can be extended up to 15 June.
On 15 April, the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure signed a decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes on the following days: 19 April, 25 April, 26 April, 1 May, 3 May.
Members are reminded that holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy have been lifted until further notice.
On 11 April, the decree extending lockdown measures until 3 May was published in the Official Journal. The text can be seen here.
The Italian Authorities have also updated the list of contact points for drivers entering Italy.
On 7 April, the Ministry of the Interior provided further instructions for personnel employed by companies, not based in Italy, carrying out international freight transport operations to or through Italy. Instructions concern the application of Decree 145/2020.
People (including travelling staff of foreign companies) entering Italy with their own vehicle or with a private transport vehicle for proven work,needs to have to comply with the following:
- The transit on the Italian territory must not exceed 72 hours. The period could be extended for further 48 hours in case of specific and justified needs.
- Upon entrance to Italy, drivers must notify the entry to the prevention department (“Dipartimento di Prenvenzione”) of the local health authority (ASL) and submit the duly filled in self declaration that can be downloaded here.
- Also, drivers transiting through Italy must comply with the notification requirements. The permitted stay in the country cannot exceed 24 hours, which could be extended for a further 12 hours in case of specific and justified needs.
A department of the Ministry is currently identifying the contact points for every border crossing point. The list will be updated as soon as changes will be made available and can be consulted here.
IRU and local member associations advise drivers to notify local health authorities as soon as possible, and to carry the original of the self-declaration on board.
Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure has signed a decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes from 10 to 14 April. Holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy are also lifted until further notice.
On 7 April, the Italian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure has signed the decree that lifts domestic traffic bans for goods vehicles heavier than 7.5 tonnes from 10 to 14 April. Holiday traffic bans for vehicles carrying out international transport in Italy have been lifted until further notice.
Source: Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
The GEIE of the Mont Blanc Tunnel informs you that, in order to allow maintenance works to be carried out, the traffic in the tunnel will be completely interrupted during the following nights:
- on Monday 20thApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Tuesday 21stApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Wednesday 22ndApril 2020, from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.
- on Thursday 23rdApril 2020, from 11.30 p.m. to 4.00 a.m.,
For more information, please see attached in English, French and Italian.
On 1 April, the Prime Minister announced a new decree extending the deadline of the measures currently in force. These measures will remain applicable until 13 April 2020.
Source: Italian Government
On 31 March, the Italian Ministry of Transport has extended the temporary authorization concerning the use of rolling highway permits, normally used by non-EU companies to enter Italy by rail; such permits are momentarily valid for entering Italy by road too. The extension applies until further notice.
The Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has signed a decree extending the suspension of the current traffic ban for HGVs with a maximum total mass exceeding 7.5 tonnes on extra-urban roads for the next two Sundays, on 29 March and 5 April 2020. Note that for vehicles performing international transport, the suspension of traffic restrictions is to be maintained until further notice. The text of the decree is available here.
Source: Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport
Last night, the Prime Ministerial Decree dated 22 March 2020 was issued concerning "Further implementing provisions of the decree - 23 February 2020, no. 6, containing urgent measures regarding the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19”. This decree applies to the entire national territory, and also applies to regions with special statutes, and to the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano.
Particular attention is drawn to the below:
- Art. 1.1b: People cannot use public or private means of transport to reach a different municipality from the one they are currently in, with the exception of work or health reasons or in cases of extreme urgency.
- Art. 1.4: Non-essential companies have until 25 March to prepare for suspension; this includes the shipment of goods in stock.
This decree takes effect from 23 March 2020 and is effective until 3 April 2020. In addition, the Prime Ministerial Decree of 11 March 2020 and the ordinance of the Minister of Health of 20 March 2020, both effective from 25 March 2020, are both extended to 3 April 2020.
All non-essential industrial and commercial production activities are suspended, with the exception of those mentioned in Annex 1 of the text. The decree’s (pdf file here– IT – official translation not available) general rules, in Annex 1, specify the production activities and services that can continue with their activity (ATECO Codes - https://www.istat.it/it/archivio/17888).
It is recommended that road freight transport and logistics companies check with their customers/clients based in Italy to verify whether their activity is among those included in Annex 1 and can therefore continue working.
Some of the activities included in Annex 1:
- Production of wood packaging material
- Waste collection, treatment and disposal; recovery of materials
- Vehicle maintenance and repair
- Trade in vehicles’ parts and accessories
- Wholesale trade of transport equipment
- Wholesale trade of petroleum products, lubricants and heating fuel
- Land transport and pipeline transport
- Maritime and waterway transport
- Air transport
- Storage and transport support activities
- Postal and courier services
- Packaging (own account and third parties)