The “Spiegel” refers to an internal report by the federal government. Accordingly, a lack of staff could lead to the closure of some motorway tunnels – also in Rhineland-Palatinate.
A spokesman for the Autobahn company confirmed to “Spiegel” that there was an extreme shortage of staff. “We take care of organizing replacements from external service providers,” the magazine quoted the spokesman as saying.
The Federal Ministry of Transport informed the newspapers of the VRM on request: “No tunnels are currently closed due to staff shortages and there are no prospects of closures either.” In order to continue to ensure regular operation, “appropriate precautions are currently being taken as part of the pandemic management”, so a speaker on Saturday night. “Autobahn GmbH works closely with the regional health authorities.”