Travel Advisory for Exclusion Zone Bypass Tunnels
The North American Highway Safety Administration (NAHSA) and Bureau of Contaminated Land Management and Reclamation (BCLMR) have constructed tunnels and shielded causeways for civil travel through Exclusion Zones across the country when alternate routes are not available or feasible. These protected routes are collectively referred to as Exclusion Zone Bypass Tunnels (herein abbreviated as EZBT). Due to lingering radiation within these zones, strict travel guidelines must be followed for your safety. Please review the following information before your trip:
- NO Manual Driving - All vehicles using an EZBT must have autonomous driving capability. In the interest of safety and traffic efficiency, at no time are you permitted to manually drive a vehicle within the EZBT. Violation of this instruction may carry a license suspension and up to NA$20,000 fine.
- Use of the EZ Travel Companion App is Mandatory - The NAHSA has developed an app to facilitate your trip and ensure your safety. This app must be installed on all vehicles using the EZBT to help track safety conditions and help you in an emergency. Installing the app on other personal devices is encouraged for your convenience.
- All vehicles must be fully charged/fueled prior to entry - Some EZBTs are more than 100 km long and contain no service stations within. Onboard diagware will be checked to ensure the vehicle has no less than 90% charge or fuel prior to entering an EZBT, otherwise you will be denied entry. Exit signs for the last service stations before an EZBT will be marked with a yellow diamond. Setting a navpoint for these exits is strongly recommended if you do not have a full charge.
- Keep all windows, doors, and intakes closed while in the EZBT - For your health and safety, never open your windows or doors while in the EZBT, and NEVER exit your vehicle for any reason. Ensure your climate control is set to recirculated air only. Some tunnels may have rest stops or historic/scenic points of interest. These areas are specially shielded to allow freedom of movement outside of your vehicle. These areas will be marked with a green diamond on signs, the road surface, and in your EZ Travel Companion app. Vehicles with inoperable windows or doors are not permitted into the EZBT.
- Do not stow luggage on the outside of your vehicle - The decontamination wash at the end of the tunnel is only rated to decontaminate automotive surfaces. Do not store any luggage on the outside of your vehicle (including bicycles, kayaks, surf boards, skis/snowboards, drones, etc.). Ensure any truck beds are covered with an EZ safety compliant cover. If you must store luggage on the outside of your vehicle, purchase an EZ safety compliant luggage pod. Any trailers or towed vehicles must also meet these requirements.
- No "open" vehicles or vehicles made before 2140 - Open vehicles include motorcycles, soft-topped convertibles, open topped cars, towed boats without approved covering. Vehicles made before 2140 may not be EZ safety compliant and are not allowed.
- Do not leave the EZBT for any reason - Conditions outside the tunnel remain hazardous. Doors leading out of the tunnel are for maintenance use only. Tampering with the locks on these doors is a federal offense and subject to a fine of no less than NA$5,000.
- HAZMAT prohibited within the EZBT - Certain classes of hazardous materials and substances are prohibited within the EZBT. Check the EZBT HAZMAT Guide in the Companion App for more details. Transportation of a prohibited substances can carry up to a NA$500,000 fine. Accidents involving HAZMATs will double fines and any potential charges.
- In the event of an emergency, do not panic - If your vehicle breaks down or you experience a medical emergency, remain calm and remain in your vehicle. Contact emergency services using the Companion App or your mobile device. Emergency services will be dispatched to your location and operators will instruct you on what steps to take depending on your emergency. They may assume control over your vehicle to guide it to a safer location. If you are asked to leave your vehicle due to a fire or other hazard, do not take any personal belongings. You may retrieve pets, provided they are within the same compartment of the vehicle as you. Your vehicle and all of its contents will be returned to you, if possible, upon leaving the EZBT. Individual decontamination will be provided by Emergency Services on site.
- If your vehicle is prohibited from the EZBT, alternative transportation is available - If, for any reason, your vehicle cannot meet the regulations outlined here, or if you are turned away by safety officials, there are alternate means of reaching your destination. Mass transit through the EZBT is available through the Companion App, to include buses, mag trains, and autocabs. Prohibited vehicles and items may be ferried by shielded truck, boat, or aircraft at certain intervals and retrieved on the other side. Plan ahead of time if you know or suspect your vehicle will be prohibited so as to minimize impact on your travel plans. Remember: your lack of planning does not constitute an emergency for EZ Safety Officials.