Family caught travelling to Blackpool from Manchester after speeding through M55 roadworks

A driver who was caught speeding on the M55 was travelling to Blackpool from Manchester "for a walk".

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 3:16 pm

Police stopped the car after spotting it travelling at 70mph through 50mph roadworks at around 11.30am today (March 17).

Once pulled over, the driver reportedly admitted to police they were travelling from Manchester to Blackpool with their family "for a walk".

They were issued with issued with a Traffic Offence Report (TOR) and advised to go home, the force said.

What are the current rules about travelling during the pandemic?

Strict measures on travel and recreation have been in place since early January.

England’s stay at home order does not permit people to leave the house except for essential reasons, such as shopping for necessities, work, education and exercise.

You cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so.

Police said the driver "failed to see the 50mph speed limit on their journey". (Credit: Lancashire Police)

This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed.

This includes staying in a second home, caravan or boat, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone who you don’t live with unless they’re in your support bubble.

You are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

- are visiting your support bubble

- are unable to return to your main residence

- need accommodation while moving house

- need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event

- require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services

- are a child requiring accommodation for school or care

- are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse)

- are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent provided the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home in order to take part in training or a competition

You can find out more about what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown by clicking HERE.

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