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Preventing people from travelling in level four lockdown areas comes into force in Scotland on Boxing day.

nc500 police carThe North Coast 500 in Scotland will be in level 4 of Scotland’s coronvirus alert system frommidight on Boxing day 2020.

It is against the law to travel unless there is a “reasonable excuse” – so how is that defined?


 This is a list of Scottish Government exemptions to the travel ban.

  • Travelling for work, to find work or to provide voluntary services which can’t be done from home;
  • Going to or home from (at the end of term) school, college or university;
  • For organised sport and leisure activities (permitted in level three only); Professional sport carries on as normal;
  • Essential shopping, including for a vulnerable person. In level three, you can leave your council area if the shop is very close to your home;
  • Travelling for health and social care and for childcare and shared parenting. Visiting someone in hospital or a care home is also allowed;
  • To access any service provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, or asylum/immigration-related services;
  • You can travel to use waste or recycling facilities if they’re not available locally;
  • Meeting legal obligations such as a bail condition or to appear in court in any capacity, including as a juror. Visiting a prison is also exempt;
  • Animal welfare, such as exercising or feeding an animal or going to a vet;
  • Informal exercise such as walking or cycling as long as you don’t travel more than five miles from your council area;
  • Weddings, funerals and compassionate reasons related to the end of a person’s life;
  • For driving lessons or a test (level three only);
  • If you’re a religious leader, but only for running an act of worship, or for anyone to attend one (level three only);
  • Travelling is allowed if you’re donating blood;
  • It’s fine to travel on a road that goes through a level three or four area, as long as your journey ends outside it;
  • Moving house or any activities connected to it;
  • To avoid, illness or escape the risk of harm.

North Coast 500 Roadtrip News

  • New tariff at electric vehicle (EV) charging points On The North Coast 500

    The Highland Council has decided to introduce a tariff at EV charge points, starting on 1 June 2021.

    The new tariff is intended to recover costs associated with the operation and upkeep of the network, transitioning Highland Council to a more sustainable operating model.

    The number of EVs on the roads has doubled in the last year, therefore the risk in electricity supply will be upwards of those numbers without a tariff in place. The approach taken is fully endorsed by the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland and is designed to enable the Council to support and maintain the service offered, but also encourage best practice amongst users at charge points, facilitating all journeys.

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  • Is The North Coast 500 Open Yet

    When Is Scotland's Ultimate Roadtrip The North Coast 500 Going To Open For Business ?

    The Scottish Highlands is the most-searched-for destination for people looking to fill a bucket list, but! The Scottish tourism industry in the Highlands will probably require support for upto a year as a result of the pandemic, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been warned.

    Scotland's ultimate roadtrip the North Coast 500 is not going to be open for business untill at least July 2020 with social distancing rules still in force many of the business's that will reopen will be running at a reduced capacity.

     
  • North Coast 500 Speed Limits

    North Coast 500 Speed Limits
    North Coast 500 Speed Limits

    What are the North Coast 500 Speed Limits?

    If you are planning on zooming around the NC500 like a bad thing then maybe you should realise a few things first about the speed limits on this iconic coastal route around the scottish highlands. firstly there are no motorways in the highland's and very few sections of dual carriageway, thus the whole route is nmade up of single carriageway and single track roads. The national speed limit on single carriage roads is 60mph for cars & motorcycles 50mph for Motorhomes (the average free flow speed around the route is 48mph), though there may be few occasions that you will be safe to drive at this speed. The reality is, the north coast 500 has become such a popular route in peak season that congestion has become a sad reality in such a rural setting. with sports cars, motorhomes, cyclists, walkers, hikers, campervans, daytrippers, sightseers, roadtrippers, truckers & van drivers not to mention the local people just trying to commute. (the Isle Of Skye was closed to Motorhomes for a period in 2019 due to the congestion on the island). If you are planning this nc500 route in 2020 and you do find yourself caught up in traffic don't be a fanny, remember you are part of the problem and part of the solution. Courtesy patience & manners are a must on this road so drive correctly for the conditions. You don't want to end up In Fanny Bay! Do You?

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