VGC driver in truck

Please make sure you travel safely now the lockdown is easing.

The emergency services are still very stretched with coronavirus cases, as well as staff self-isolating or off sick, so please take extra care to avoid accidents.

It’s much better to be a few minutes late than be in an accident.

If you, or someone you live with, have any symptoms of coronavirus, please do not travel anywhere.

Stay at home and follow the government guidelines for self-isolation.

Driving

  • Always drive at a legal and appropriate speed.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Never use a mobile phone while driving.

There are more people on the roads now. Many of the other drivers usually take public transport, so be aware that:

  • Some drivers may be new or not very confident.
  • Not all vehicles have been well-maintained.
  • There are more cyclists on the roads. Some of them are not used to road cycling. When it’s windy, they may suddenly be blown sideways. Always check when opening your car door, pulling out at a junction, or changing direction.

Unless you are travelling with other members of your household, you should travel alone in your vehicle wherever possible.

diagram showing where people can sit in a five-seater carIf you need to share a vehicle, the driver and passenger(s) should sit as far apart as possible.

You will need special permission to travel with more than:

  • driver only – vehicle with three or fewer seats
  • driver plus one passenger – four or five seats
  • driver plus two passengers – six to nine seats
  • driver plus three passengers – between 10 and 16 seats.

If you have questions, talk your labour manager. They will review your travel arrangements. They may provide masks and gloves, for example.

If you are driving a VGC vehicle or travelling to site with someone else:

Make sure the vehicle is disinfected before and after each use.

Remember to disinfect the keys, too.

Before travel

  • Clean the external door handles with soap and water or disinfectant wipes.
  • Internally, use disinfectant wipes to sanitise the door handles, steering wheel, gear lever, handbrake, indicator and wiper arms, beacon switches, seat belts and buckles, window buttons, mirrors, stereo and climate control buttons.

disinfect steering wheelWhile you are travelling

  • Keep the windows open as much as you can.
  • Make sure the air system is not on recirculate, so fresh air is coming into the vehicle.
  • Don’t store food or drink in the cab unless you keep it in your own container.
  • Make sure you have a supply of clean tissues or paper towel and a waste bag in the vehicle. If you need to cough or sneeze, catch it a tissue, then throw it in the bin and sanitise your hands. Remove the bin bag at the end of your shift and dispose of it correctly.
  • Do not share personal items like phones.
  • As always, remember you are the public face of VGC, and be courteous to other road users.

When you get to your destination

  • Get out of the vehicle one at a time and move apart. Then each person should collect their belongings one at a time, and then move away to maintain social distancing. Stay 2m away from your colleagues at all times.
  • Disinfect the inside and outside handles again, and also the keys.
  • Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as soon as possible.

If you can, cycle or walk to work.

Cyclists must follow the Highway Code.

Take care to keep yourself safe.

  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do, make eye contact where possible.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of vehicles, as you might not be seen. If a vehicle is indicating to the left hang back at the junction to reduce the risk of a collision.
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor. Wear high-visibility clothing – your work PPE can be ideal!
  • Try to maintain social distancing when you cycle, for example when waiting at crossings and traffic lights.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after cycling.

If you have to use public transport, please

  • Talk to your manager about travel times, so you can avoid rush hour if possible.
  • Give yourself plenty of time, so you don’t have to rush. Travel may take longer than usual.
  • The front or back tube or train carriages may be less crowded. See if you can get off a stop or two earlier, to avoid particularly busy stations.
  • Keep two metres apart from other people.
  • Carry a hand sanitiser, and pay with a contactless method.
  • Wear a face covering to reassure your fellow travellers. See government advice about face coverings.

Your labour manager will discuss your transport with you.

They will have access to the full VGC risk assessment.

Sites will have their own rules about travelling. Some of our sites will not allow you to travel on public transport. Please talk to your labour manager about this if you have a problem travelling to work.

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