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Car Sharing Is Allowed For Essential Journeys If You Follow These Rules

Car Sharing Is Allowed For Essential Journeys If You Follow These Rules

The Department for Transport has issued new guidance

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

The UK Government has said car-sharing is now allowed for essential journeys to work if no other options are available.

Last Sunday Boris Johnson urged people who cannot work from home, such as those working in construction, to go back to work when he revealed the new plans.

He went on to say that people should, where possible, avoid public transport and drive, cycle or walk to work.

And while it's still advised that you use your own vehicle, walk or cycle, it is now permitted to share a car if there are no other options.


Advice from the Department for Transport reads: "If you normally share a vehicle with people from other households for essential journeys, we recommend you find a different way to travel."

But adds: "If you have to travel with people outside your household group, try to share the transport with the same people each time and keep to small groups of people at any one time.

"Where people from different households need to use a vehicle at the same time, good ventilation (keeping the car windows open) and facing away from each other may help to reduce the risk of transmission. Where possible, consider seating arrangements to optimise distance between people in the vehicle."

It also suggests that people wear a face covering, such as a mask, stating that they 'may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure', before explaining that: "The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms."


The Department stresses the importance of the car's owner to clean the vehicle between journeys.

The website states: "Be aware of the surfaces you or others touch. If people from different households use a vehicle (for example through a car share scheme), you should clean it between journeys using gloves and standard cleaning products.

"Make sure you clean door handles, steering wheel and other areas that people may touch."

Once the journey is complete, you should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.

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Topics: UK News, Coronavirus