Information regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2)

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Weekend and public holiday ban (as of 07.04.2020 - 8:45 a.m.)

The Austrian Ministry confirms that the exception to the weekend driving ban also includes public holidays.

 

Updated overview of the border restrictions and measures of the countries (as of 06.04.2020 - 12:30 a.m.)

You can find an actual overview of the restrictions of the countries here: https://www.aisoe.at/coronavirus/AISOE-Laenderinformationen.pdf

 

Prolongation of expired driver cards (as of 02.04.2020 - 04:20 p.m.)

It is now possible at the ASFINAG to prolong the driver cards or apply for new ones under the following link: https://www.asfinag.at/verkehr/lkw-bus/digitaler-tachograph/antragstellen/

 

Croatia - Update (as of 02.04.2020 - 02:20 p.m.)

There is an ease of the quarantine regulation for truck drivers from Croatia. They can put themselves into a self isolation after the loading and wait for new orders of their employers.

 

Slovenia - Border update (as of 02.04.2020 - 10:15 a.m.)

The following border crossings are closed from April 2nd, 2020 (0:00 a.m.): Grablach – Holmec, Langegg – Jurij, Spielfeld (Bundesstraße) – Šentilj (magistrala) and Wurzenpass – Korensko sedlo.

 

Austria - Spielfeld Bundesstraße, closing of border (as of 01.04.2020 - 07:30 p.m.)

The border traffic at the border Spielfeld- Bundesstraße is closed until further notice.

 

Romania - compulsory safety equipment for truck drivers (as of 01.04.2020 - 04:30 p.m.)

Truck drivers are obligated to wear personal means of protection (disinfectants, gloves, facial masks) at the border and carry documents which prove the destination of the delivery.

 

Austria- Extension of the annulment of weekend driving restrictions until April 19th, 2020 (as of 01.04.2020 - 12:00 a.m.)

The exception of the annulment of the weekend driving restrictions has been extended until April 19th, 2020.

 

Deliveries to/from Paznaun and to/from St. Anton (as of 31.03.2020 - 02:20 p.m.)

The deliveries to/from Paznaun and to/from St. Anton are allowed. You have to send an email to the BH Landeck bh.la.gewerbe@tirol.gv.at  in advance with the following informations: date of delivery, name of the truck driver, license plate, delivered goods, statement and order confirmation.

 

Germany - Easing of the cabotage restriction (as of 24.03.2020 - 01:40 p.m.)

The prosecution of freight transport breaches will not be sanctioned under the following circumstances until September 30th, 2020.

 

France - Update (as of 21.03.2020 - 11:50 a.m.)

At the moment there is no restriction of the freight transport in France. The Sundays driving ban for trucks is cancelled. There will be long waiting periods at the border.

The driving and rest periods still ARE effective. Truck drivers must have the following document.

 

Slovenia- Update (as of 21.03.2020 - 11:00 a.m.)

The regulation of the obligated health check at the border is NOT valid for truck drivers. Slovenian commuters can enter the country. They should carry an employment certificate of their employer.

 

Austria- enactment of driving and rest period (as of 20.03.2020 - 11:00 a.m.)

Retroactive there is a an enactment of the driving and rest period in Austria from 16.03.2020 until 14.04.2020: https://www.wko.at/branchen/sbg/transport-verkehr/BMK_ST_Extern_Einzelabfertigung.pdf

 

Germany - Annulment of driving restrictions (as of 20.03.2020 - 09:30 a.m.)

Germany has loosened the regulations of driving restrictions (Sundays and holidays). You can find an overview of the federal provinces here.

 

Czech Republic: rest days - homecoming (as of 20.03.2020 - 09:25 a.m.)

Czech truck drivers who are employed in Austria and are not commuters are allowed to drive home to the Czech Republic for rest days (usually: weekends). Even if they come from a risk country for the Czech Republic (= Austria!), They do not have to go into quarantine.

When crossing the border, drivers must show the following:

  •  Copy of the employment contract (recommendation: with translation into Czech), which proves that he is employed in Austria
  •  EU driver qualification certificate (Czech: profesní karta ridice)
  •  certificate for employers in international traffic confirmed by the employer in Czech and English.

The form in english can be found here.
In Czech here.

 

Austria- new supplement of home office regulation (as of 20.03.2020 - 09:00 a.m.)

There must be a minimum distance of 1m between persons in the office. You are only allowed to enter your workplace if there is no possibility to work outside the office (home office).

 

Italy - Update (as of 19.03.2020 - 15:30 p.m.)

Persons who will enter Italy will be under quarantine for 14 days. This is NOT valid for truck drivers who have to deliver goods or have to pass Italy. They have to leave Italy within 72 hours. There is a new form online.

 

Bulgaria - Update (as of 19.03.2020 - 11:30 a.m.)

The Bulgarian government accepts a temporary tolerance of driving times and rest periods of drivers for the national and international freight transport. This exception is valid from 19.03.2020 to 16.04.2020.

 

Tirol - quarantine freight transport (as of 19.03.2020 - 11:30 a.m.)

The entrance and departure of Tirol is prohibited. The restrictions and exceptions for the goods transport are as follows:

- The delivery to the communities and the pick up/ goods transport from the communities is permitted.

- Special situation: quarantine in Paznaun, Ischgl, Sölden: Goods of daily use and deliveries of critical infrastructure are permitted.

Further information https://www.wko.at/branchen/sbg/transport-verkehr/LGBLA_TI_20200318_33.pdfsig.pdf

 

Croatia - Update  (as of 19.03.2020 - 10:05 a.m.)

The freight transport to Croatia is possible without a quarantine of the drivers if the trucks only load/unload and leave Croatia at the same day. The client is responsible for the assurance of the loading, because the driver can not leave his cabin.

 

Slovakia - truck drivers are excepted from quarantine  (as of 19.03.2020 - 10:05 a.m.)

Slovakian truck drivers can drive to their hometown easily on the weekend. They should have a confirmation (Supply relevant order) of their employer.

 

Poland - current situation (as of 19.03.2020 - 10:05 a.m.)

Foreigners are not allowed to pass the border to Poland. The whole air and rail traffic from abroad is suspended. Polish people who come back from another country have to attend a two weeks quarantine.

The international road transport is not included in this restriction. The borders remain open for the flow of goods.

IMPORTANT: Truck drivers need to have the following forms for the entry into Poland: https://zmpd.pl/aktualnosc.php?akt_id=1818

 

Hungary - Border problems with freight transport (as of 18.03.2020 - 10:25 a.m.)

The actual problem at the Austrian side of the border is a driving ban for trucks with a maximum permissible total weight of over 7.5 tons. The international freight transport is at the moment only handled at Nickelsdorf. However there is a blockade in both directions at Nickelsdorf at the moment.

 

Border crossing Nickelsdorf - difficult situation (as of 18.03.2020 - 09:10 a.m.)

According to the information of the traffic police Burgenland there is a blockade of entries and departures for passenger transport and freight transport at the border of Nickelsdorf (A/H).

 

Europe truck border waiting times - interactive free map with live data (as of 17.03.2020 - 10:00 a.m.)

 

Under the link: https://covid-19.sixfold.com/ there is an interactive, free overview map available for truck waiting times in Europe.

 

 

Corona Exceptional Regulations for Driving Times and Rest Times in Road Traffic Austria (as of 16.03.2020 - 3:50 p.m.)

The Austrian Minister of Climate Protection and Mobility Leonore Gewessler today issued exemptions from driving and rest time regulations in road traffic. This stipulates that the driving and rest time provisions are suspended for up to 30 days in order to continue and ensure the general supply for the population and businesses. The exception applies immediately throughout Austria and is limited to April 14, 2020.

 

COVID-19 country update (as of: 14.03.2020 - 5.00 p.m.)

Croatia:

People entering Austria from Croatia will be informed at the border and have to undergo a 14-day self-isolation, this also applies to truck drivers. The self-isolation can be spent at your own place of residence (if available) or in official institutions organized by the state. Lt. Telephone information from the Croatian Ministry of Transport is also available for trips that only unload and leave Croatia immediately, no exception.

Even though freight traffic is not officially restricted, long lines are currently forming at the borders of truck traffic. Many truck drivers are reported to be turning back. Transit to neighboring countries in Koatia is possible provided the journey is not interrupted.

Slovenia:

Slovenia restricted transit of heavy vehicles from Italy via Slovenia to other target countries (Austria included).
Traffic from Italy is allowed with the final destination is Slovenia or if trucks are loaded with medical goods, pharmaceuticals, products for humanitarian aid or mail delivery.
Italy is planning to close borders also from Slovenia to Italy.

Border Croatia – Slovenia: Border is closed for traffic HGV and cars from Italy to Croatia.
Border Hungary – Slovenia: Border is closed for all traffic from Italy to Hungary.
Border Austria – Slovenia: For now there are no restrictions.

The Situation changes daily.

Italy:

Freight transport from and to Italy is massively restricted, a number of borders between Austria and Italy have been closed by ordinance of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. Read here: Federal Ministry

Czech Republic:

Truck drivers (trucks up to and over 3.5t, including small trucks etc.) can cross the borders with confirmation (the goal is unhindered freight traffic).

Poland:

The borders in Poland were closed, but not for freight respectively truck traffic. No further restrictions are planned at the moment. Of course, the situation is dynamic and it can change at any time.

 

Customer Information Quehenberger Logistics (as of 10.03.2020 - 5:00 p.m.)

The health and well-being of our business partners and employees is of utmost importance to us. We would like you to know that we are closely monitoring the situation pertaining to the corona virus  and that we have already taken all conceivable action as recommended by the authorities as well as further actions we deem necessary.

We are in close contact with our service providers, partners and employees and we can report that as of today, not a single suspected case has occurred.

At Quehenberger Logistics we have implemented the following measures to secure our services during these particular circumstances:

  • We continuously monitor the development of the situation and we have appointed a competence center which will set appropriate measures if needed.
  • Within the scope of our quality, security, and environmental management we have conducted a risk assessment and a security concept which is continuously updated.
  • Should the need arise, we are ready to provide home office for our dispatchers.
  • In addition to our hygiene guidelines we have reiterated the proper hygiene standards and measures with our employees and truck drivers.
  • We have secured the availability of hygiene products and disinfectants at all of our locations.
  • We have replaced all non essential personal meetings with phone and video calls.
  • Furthermore we have implemented travel guidelines which follow the recommendations given by the authorities.

Naturally, we are closely following the current developments and spread of the corona virus and we are ready to react to any developments on the basis of recommendations of the authorities, health organizations and medical experts.


In certain areas, such as Italy, we are confronted with substantial operative and administrative hurdles which demand time and considerable financial expenditure. But even in this situation we have managed to find suitable solutions, owing to the tireless efforts of our employees and customers.
 

 

Hermann Költringer
Company Spokesman