The number of car breakdowns on Monday morning was up by 40% as the “roads have opened,” said Edmund King, the President of the AA.
King said this is a “turning point” after the Prime Minister eased restrictions on Sunday, despite this being meant from Wednesday.
King told the Express, “Even though people are still seeking more clarity on lockdown rules it does seem that the roads have opened up from this morning.
“The AA has already seen about 40% more breakdowns this morning although there is always an increase after a bank holiday weekend.
“The combination of Dominic Raab saying you can drive as far as you want to go and walk in a park, petrol dropping under £1 per litre in some garages, removing the ‘Stay Home’ slogan, and the Prime Minister advising people to avoid public transport, will mean a turning point in terms of more drivers taking to the roads.”
Raab confirmed on Monday morning that “You can drive as far as you want to drive to go and walk in a park or a particular area that you’re fond of as long as you maintain the social distancing.
“But obviously, if you’re going from one part of the UK to another, so if you’re going from England to Wales or from Scotland to Wales different rules are in place.
“[This is] because the devolved administrations take a different approach you need to be very mindful of the regulations that they’ve got in place.”