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Transportation Service Safety During Covid-19

Jan 12, 2021

Life this past year has been met with more policy changes, restrictions and precautions than any time in recent memory. Nationwide, how we go about even the most normal of activities has been altered. Daily practices like grocery shopping, getting a haircut or even gassing up the car are not the same. While there are risks associated with most anything outside of your home, traveling to these activities is unavoidable.

Many companies are working diligently to put safety at the forefront of their practices. Ride share, TLC and Livery transportation services are still operating within CDC, city and state guidelines. Here is a list of precautions stated by OSHA being taken and suggested to help put your mind at ease.

  • Drivers are encouraged to stay home if they are sick.
  • Vehicles are to be thoroughly sanitized, door handles and inside surfaces are routinely cleaned and disinfected with Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals.
  • Advise drivers to lower vehicle windows to increase airflow.
  • Drivers are to wear masks over their nose and mouth to prevent spread of the virus, and ask customers to do the same.
  • Provide alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol for both drivers and customers.
  • Provide drivers with disposable towels and Environmental Protection Agency-approved cleaning chemicals.
  • Provide drivers and customers with tissues and trash receptacles.
  • Limit the number of passengers drivers can transport at a single time, and install plexiglass partitions between driver and passenger compartments where possible.
  • Encourage drivers to report any safety and health concerns.

While this helps here are some steps you can take to make the experience as safe as possible for you and anyone you could come in contact with.

  • First things first, wear a mask and practice social distancing. Often times the easiest practices can make the biggest differences.
  • Washing your hands before and after every trip, to avoid bringing germs into a vehicle and taking them with you afterward.
  • Sit in the back seat. Social distance remains an easy and effective practice. Avoid any passengers taking the front seat to provide enough space. A way to make sure the front seat can stay safely empty is to plan ahead and limit the number of passengers you travel with.
  • If permittable, open a window. Proper air circulation helps dramatically reduce the transmission of a virus.
  • While many services offer help with your bags, if you can handle all of your own personal belongings to reduce the risk of exposure for both you and your driver.
  • Last but certainly not least always follow state guidelines. Don't leave home to travel if you're sick. If you think you have been exposed to someone who is sick or showing symptoms seek proper medical attention.