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How can I use my vehicle during the coronavirus lockdown?

The UK is currently on a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus and while some travel has been strongly advised against, there are some cases where using your vehicle is still permitted.

Motorists will still be able to use their vehicles for what are deemed necessary or essential journeys to visit family or friends that fit within the latest government advice during the lockdown period. Journeys to work are allowed if you are a key worker, as well as trips to the supermarket or to get medicinal supplies will be acceptable. 

Roadblocks may be imminent and identity checks could soon be enforced, should the UK decide to follow other European nations checking on their resident’s journeys.

Yet, for the time being police will be able to issue fines to break up large packs as the government encourages people to use common sense. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced to the nation earlier this week saying: “People will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes. 

“Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise a day for example a run, walk or cycle, alone or with members of your household.  

“Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person and travelling to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. That’s all.”

Currently drivers can venture in their vehicles to carry out essential tasks, such as buying food or medication from a pharmacy, or delivering those goods to an elderly relative over the age of 70, or anyone else who is classed as vulnerable by the government of whom have been advised to stay indoors during the outbreak of COVID-19.

Vehicles can also be used for those that branded ‘key workers’ including emergency services staff, government officials, teachers, health and social workers, supermarket and pharmacy employees, transport employees and key public services workers (i.e. judges, charity workers, journalists, broadcasters, religious staff and keyline service workers). 

New legislation which could be introduced would have the power to issue some road rules. 

The new policy which has been hinted at could restrict access to certain areas and may include stopping cars, buses and trains. 

If lockdown rules follow Spain’s example it is unlikely passengers will be allowed under any circumstances. 

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