Travelling in a vehicle with others
If you need to share a private vehicle or car with anyone from another household you should take the following precautionary measures:
- Limit the number of people in the vehicle to as few as possible, ideally no more than 2 (applies to adults and children aged 12 and over)
- Use the biggest vehicle available for car sharing purposes
- Windows in the car should be opened as far as possible taking account of weather conditions to improve ventilation in the space
- Occupants in the car, including the driver, should wear a face covering provided it does not compromise driver safety in any way
- Occupants should perform hand hygiene before entering the vehicle and again on leaving the vehicle
- Occupants should avoid eating in the vehicle
- Passengers in the vehicle should minimise any surfaces touched
- Keep the volume of any music/radio to a minimum to prevent the need to raise voices in the car
- The longer the journey, the higher the risk; keep journey times to the minimum feasible and do not linger in the vehicle before or after the journey itself
- Where non-household members are car-sharing, the car must be cleaned regularly (at least daily) and particular attention should be paid to high risk touch points such as door handles, electronic buttons and seat belts. General purpose detergent is sufficient unless a symptomatic or confirmed case of COVID-19 has been in the vehicle in which case a disinfectant (e.g. chlorine-based product) should be used
You should not travel to work/car share if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, as outlined on the NHS Inform website.
Note this is relation to private vehicles, for taxis and private hire vehicles please refer to guidance on taxis and private hire vehicles.
If you are travelling in a vehicle as part of your job or business, safe operation of workplaces applies, therefore please refer to your employer. For employers, you may wish to refer to guidance for safer workplaces.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, all passengers will be assessed for close contact and are likely to be advised to self-isolate pending the outcome of a PCR test.
Plan your journey
If you are using a private vehicle (e.g. car, minibus) make sure that you plan ahead and check the latest travel advice on your route via Traffic Scotland, if you can, as well as making sure that your intended car park is open. Otherwise, if parking on-street please be considerate of the local area and residents.
Routes may be different as local authorities make changes to enable physical distancing on pavements and cycle routes.
On your journey
When driving, you should anticipate more pedestrians and cyclists than usual, especially at peak times of day.
You should wash or sanitise your hands before, during and after your journey and if you are the driver you should encourage passengers to do likewise. You should also be aware of the surfaces you touch, be careful not to touch your face, and remember to cover your mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing.
Completing your journey
When finishing your journey, we recommend you wash or sanitise your hands as soon as possible and ensure regular cleaning of keys or fobs, door handles and steering wheel.