Advance notice of holidays and driving bans
We are now moving towards the Summer holiday period which unfortunately means service disruption due to HGV driving bans and closures in Italy & France. We shall endeavour to maintain agreed transit times wherever possible however some delays are inevitable.
From w/c 1st July 2019 to w/c 26th August 2019 there are HGV driving bans in Italy during each Saturday (usually they are limited to Sunday), with additional driving bans on Friday 26th July and Friday 2nd August. In France there are also driving bans each Saturday, from 27th July to 24th August inclusive.
Last scheduled Italian groupage departures before holidays:
UK to IT Friday 2nd August
IT to UK Friday 2nd August (cargo must be available Thursday 1st)
First scheduled Italian groupage departures after holidays:
UK to IT Friday 16th August
IT to UK Friday 23rd August
Viamaster will continue to operate services to/from Italy throughout August however at a reduced capacity and with possible extended transit times.
During this holiday period the availability of equipment will be severely reduced due to the imbalance of export & import cargo and the limited amount of overseas equipment in the market, also the Italian domestic transport providers have limited capabilities throughout the majority of August with national services suspended for a number of weeks. As in previous years, additional freight costs for high volume shipments & full load traffic may be incurred.
If you have any particular concerns then please direct your enquiries to your usual operational contact.