Spain’s State of Alarm isn’t alarming for Indalo Transport.
This week the Spanish press have been reporting on the impact of latest State of Alarm and the threats to Spain’s economy and future prosperity. This latest decree allows the various Autonomous Communities to impose their own restrictions on an already weary public.
Confusion reigns as curfews come into force in different parts of Spain, with some having different times. Some bar owners can no longer offer the attraction of live music to encourage customers, others can but only if they are serving food. It is all very confusing but we will have plenty of time to get used to it as the state of alarm is set to be in place until May 9th 2021.
As well as the curfew, the decree has restricted mobility between regions – movement between autonomous regions will be prohibited except for justifiable reasons. This will be subject to regional decisions; there can be complete, or partial closure of regional borders.
The newest restrictions in Andalucia, announced just last week, restrict everyone to their own municipality, unless they are travelling for work or another justifiable reason.
During the months of lockdown earlier this year Indalo Transport were able to continue to serve their customers because they are fully legal and able to cross national and international borders. They have all the correct documentation, certification, and accreditations necessary. This will obviously help for anyone wanting to move in what could become an exceedingly long winter for many.
Also two weeks ago was an announcement that would normally be worthy of bigger headlines. This was an announcement by the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) that they were launching a new special surveillance campaign targetting the “man with a van”.
We took a bit of criticism earlier in the year when we blogged that in our opinion the biggest fines imposed on workers would be incurred after the lockdown. This was when travel in Spain was exceedingly difficult and the penalties being imposed for breaking those restrictions were harsh to say the least. We still hold the same opinion, and it seems that a lot of other people are beginning to realise that the social costs of COVID are going to be clawed back by way of taxes and by increasing penalties against illegal workers.
The DGT, and agents of the Civil Guard Traffic Group (Trafico) announced that from 26th October, they will intensify their efforts and focus on vans by establishing checkpoints on conventional roads near to industrial estates, shopping centres, places of loading and unloading, border crossings, and accident hot spots. Trafico agents will be looking to check the documentation of both the vehicle and the driver, and the contents of the load.
The simple fact is that if the vehicle, driver, or load is anything other than completely legal, then the full force of the law will be applied. In Spain this means that the vehicle and its cargo are immediately impounded. The focus then centres on the driver and who the driver is working for. The penalties for hiring an unregistered (illegal) worker are huge fines for both the illegal worker and employer.
Probably the most upsetting thing a customer can hear would be the news that the vehicle carrying their precious belonging has been impounded. It’s easy to say that it can be avoided by making sure that you only use fully legal transporters and removal companies. But it really is that easy.
The friend of a friend who has a van, and will do you a favour in return for a handful of cash, might not be doing you a favour at all. And it may cost you much more in the long run.