Owners warned of potential fine for non-essential journeys
Police have warned motorists they face fines for unnecessary journeys, after a car towing a caravan was stopped on the A38 today [Tuesday 24 March].
It came as Brits began a first day under an effective lockdown, with people only allowed to leave their homes for; shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need, to give care or to help a vulnerable person, or travelling to and from work if "absolutely necessary".
According to the Alliance Roads Policing Team, the drivers of the towing car "felt today to be the right time to move their caravan from one town to another".
Car towing caravan stopped on A38. They felt today to be the right time to move their caravan from one town to another. Apparently the instructions weren’t simple enough. Advised they will be fined if this continues in the coming days! 3656/2743 #StayAtHomeSaveLives #COVIDー19— Devon and Cornwall Roads Policing Team 🚔 (@DC_RPT) March 24, 2020
An officer also expressed his shock at the number of people on roads in Devon, despite the new rules meaning most residents should be staying indoors.
Astounding to see so many cars on the arterial routes in our force area. There is no way this is all essential travel. Please be responsible and STAY AT HOME!!— Sgt Greg Bridgett (@PSGregBridgett) March 24, 2020