Heavy Transport Circulation: Reactivating Restrictions

After the government of Guatemala issued new regulations, the Municipality of the country's capital decided to restrict the circulation of heavy vehicles from Monday to Friday, from 5:00 to 9:00 and from 16:30 to 21:00.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

At the beginning of April, when the health emergency that arose as a result of the covid-19 outbreak began, the Municipality of Guatemala City decided to remove restrictions on the movement of cargo transport.

However, with the beginning of the process of reopening the economy and the implementation of the Health Alert System for the covid-19 epidemic, the capital city municipality decided to re-establish restrictions on the movement of heavy transport units.

The statement of the Municipality of Guatemala dated July 27, 2020 explains that "... with the aim of supporting the strict control of the measures announced by the Central Government regarding the movement of heavy transport:

-The circulation of heavy and special vehicles is restricted from Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 and from 16:30 to 21:00, understanding as heavy vehicles those with more than 3.5 metric tons of maximum gross weight.
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