Travelling as a part of your duties

1) Travelling in Taxis
 
Representatives and negotiators should challenge all elements of taxi provision to see if alternative arrangements can be put in place and that the taxi provider can meet the requirements below.
 
Note: Companies may have to change their taxi provider to comply with this advice.
 
If you are required to travel in a taxi as a part of your duties, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice.
 
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a) Travelling by taxi (for any reason) should be kept to an absolute minimum and every effort should be made to remove taxi travel from all diagrams.
 
b) All alternate (more preferable) methods of transporting members should be exhausted before considering any form of taxi travel including:
i) The provision of staff trains
ii) Use of a company designated vehicle e.g. Minibus (or similar)
 
c) Where taxi use is unavoidable:
i) Black cabs / Hackney style taxi to be used as this provides additional room and a screen between our members and the driver of the cab.
ii) If this is not possible then 7-seater vehicles (or similar) should be used where social distancing can be met.
iii) There should only be one passenger per taxi where possible.
 
d) Driving Instructors and trainees (where training is agreed as essential) are not precluded from joint travel.
 
 
Note: There will be times when none of the options above are available and times when companies cannot fully comply with this guidance in this case taxis (of the saloon type) can be used with caution and only as a last resort.
 
 
 
 
2) Travelling passenger on trains
 
Members travelling passenger on trains as a part of their duty should be kept to an absolute minimum.
 
If you are required to travel 'passenger' as a part of your duties, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice. This should not preclude you from travel unless these precautions cannot be met.
 
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a) For members to utilise the non-driving cabs of their own company, if available and where agreed.
 
 
 
3) Travelling on the underground
 
The requirement for our members to travel passenger on the underground as a part of their duties should be kept to an absolute minimum.
 
If you are required to travel on the underground as a part of your duties, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice. This should not preclude you from travel unless these precautions cannot be met.
 
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a) For members to utilise the non-driving cabs, if available and where agreed.
 
 
 
4) Travelling passenger on Rail replacement buses
 
We do not advise the use of rail replacement buses for our members to travel (as a part of your duties) in any circumstance and alternative arrangements should be made in line with current guidance.
 
 
 
5) Driving Vans and hire cars
 
If you are required to drive company vans or hire cars as a part of your duties, you are advised to take personal precautions on hygiene and social distancing in line with government advice. These should not preclude you from driving these vehicles unless these precautions cannot be met.
 
 
We advise that best practice is:
 
a) There should only be one person per van (where there are only two front seats).
 
b) Two people in the case of a hire car or van (where there are also rear seats).
 
c) All vehicles are to be subject to a regular cleaning regime.
 
d) Provision of gloves where available.
 
e) Provision of anti-viral wipes or other suitable cleaning products to clean the controls.

 

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