Using vehicles and travelling

Last updated: 11 May 2020

Employers will need to consider how employees will travel to work. Members of staff will have concerns about travelling to work on public transport, and the extent to which is will be available and operating as it did before the crisis is unclear.

If risks are suitably controlled in the workplace, it is possible that workers will be exposed to greater risk travelling on public transport.

Through the risk assessment process, employers will need to establish which employees travel into work via public transport. Steps will need to be taken to reduce this as much as possible.

For example, this may mean:

  • providing extra car parking spaces to allow employees to drive to work, depending on how many people attend the workplace at any one time
  • staggering shift patterns so employees can avoid busy periods. It is possible that many employers will do this, so busy periods may not correlate with those before lockdown.

When vehicles are used for work, only one person should be in it at a time. If possible, vehicles should not be shared between workers. Vehicles should be regularly and thoroughly cleaned. Particular attention should be paid to areas that are frequently touched, such as the keys, the steering wheel, the gear stick, indicator controls and so on.

This page is designed to give general information about health and safety on returning to work. It does not cover all circumstances and should not be treated as a definitive answer. Members should contact Prospect either through the Member Contact Centre on 0300 600 1878 or contact their union rep or full-time officer for specific advice.