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Europe’s Driving Recovery Stalls With Virus Restrictions Growing

  • Motorway traffic in France, Spain and Italy is thinning out
  • Resurgent virus has prompted tighter movement restrictions
A car drives down the Gran Via in Madrid, Oct. 8.

A car drives down the Gran Via in Madrid, Oct. 8.

Photographer: Paul Hanna/Bloomberg

There are signs across Western Europe that drivers are again shying away from the roads, as governments implement a new tranche of measures to try to block the spread of Covid-19.

On toll motorways in Spain, traffic is down about a fifth from a year ago -- the most since the end of August -- while in France the drop was the biggest since July, according to the latest data from Atlantia SpA, which manages the roads.