23 June 2021

We are now entering the Summer holiday period and face 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.

Driving bans

From w/c 28th June 2021 to w/c 23rd August 2021 there are HGV driving bans in Italy during each Saturday (usually they are limited to Sunday), with additional driving bans on Friday 23rd July, Friday 30th July, Friday 6th August and Friday 13th August.

In France there are also driving bans each Saturday, from 24th July to 31th August inclusive. There is also a driving ban on Wed 14th July (Bastille Day).

Italian service interruption

Last scheduled Italian groupage departures before holidays:
UK to IT                Tuesday 3rd August 2021
IT to UK                Tuesday 3rd August 2021

First scheduled Italian groupage departures after holidays:

UK to IT                Friday 20th August 2021
IT to UK                Wednesday 25th August 2021

Viamaster will continue to operate ad-hoc services to/from Italy throughout August 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.