Government moves to clarify rules regarding car, motorcycle and taxi passengers

Government moves to clarify rules regarding car, motorcycle and taxi passengers
  • The revised rules apply to all phases of Spain's lockdown easing and include more freedom for members of the same household to travel together

The Spanish government, responding to criticism and confusion over its policy regarding personal travel in vehicles during the coronavirus pandemic, has issued a new order that applies to all phases of the lockdown easing.

As of Monday 11 May in up to nine-seater vehicles, members of the same household can occupy all available seats without the need to wear a mask.

However, when the occupants of the vehicle do not all live at the same address, they must sit two per row of seats, provided that they wear a mask and respect the maximum possible distance between occupants.

In the case of motorcycles with a space for a pillion passenger, two people can travel together if both have a helmet with a visor or wear a mask. Gloves must be worn by both driver and passenger.

In vehicles with only one row (ie. vans, trucks and lorries), a maximum of two people can travel, wearing masks and maintaining maximum distance.

These rules apply to all phases so far, but the different restrictions on destinations apply according to phase. In phase 1, vehicles can be used to go to a shop, a terrace or a second home within the same province, while in phase 0, which currently applies to Malaga province, this remains limited to permitted essential activities (going to the supermarket, pharmacy, appointments, to go to work when home working is not possible, to collect take-away food etc.)

Public transport

In the case of taxis, people living in the same household can now travel three people per row, not including the row of the driver (two per row, as far apart as possible, if not in the same household).

On coaches, buses and trains in which seating is compulsory, members of the same household can sit together, but must leave a one-seat space between themselves and passengers not in their household.

On buses and trains where standing is allowed, all passengers, regardless of their household, must maintain the distance marked out.

Users of all modes of public transport must wear a face mask.