7. Using vehicles

Decide if travel in vehicles is needed for the business to continue to operate and ensure those who are travelling are necessary for the work to be carried out.

Limit passengers in corporate vehicles such as work minibuses. This could include leaving seats empty.

Consider the following control measures:

  • Decide if social distancing measures can be implemented in the vehicle
  • Avoid multi-occupancy vehicles where safe to do so
  • Where multi-occupancy vehicles are used, people should social distance where possible through suitable seating arrangements and where necessary, use of additional transport. Keep the journey as short as possible
  • Where more than one person is travelling and they need an overnight stop, plan ahead to ensure there is suitable accommodation secured to ensure social distancing
  • If people who need to travel in vehicles can be kept in the same teams
  • If vehicle windows can be kept open
  • Vehicles should not be shared between different users if possible
  • Remind employees to travel alone to and from work where possible, either in their own transport, by walking, or cycle if it is safe to do so

Where it’s not possible for people to social distance in a vehicle, consider additional measures such as:

  • using physical screening, so long as this does not compromise safety, for example by reducing visibility
  • sitting side-by-side not face-to-face
  • using a fixed pairing system if people need to work in close proximity

Cleaning vehicles

We have separate advice on cleaning vehicles during the pandemic.

Find out more

Arrangements for driver welfare and hours of work during the coronavirus pandemic

There is guidance on GOV.UK for people who work in or from vehicles setting out control measures to help protect workers.

Page last reviewed: 1 December 2020

Next review due: 31 December 2020

Updated 2020-10-05