Using public transport can still be difficult with coronavirus restrictions, which means passenger numbers on buses, trams and trains are limited.
As a result, more and more people were tempted to switch to car sharing – jumping into a private vehicle with friends and colleagues in order to get to work quickly, cheaply and safely.
However, with the rules constantly changing, the latest guidelines on car sharing in England may not be clear.
According to the UK government, people from the same household or Support bladder can drive together in one vehicle.
You should wear face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing is not possible and where you come into contact with people outside of your household or a support bubble. Pay attention to Use the face coverings properly.
But they also say that car sharing is not banned in England.
You can share a car if you follow some rules
The government says if you need car sharing, try:
- Share transportation with the same people every time
- Stick to small groups of up to 6 people anytime
- Open the window for ventilation
- Travel next to or behind other people instead of facing them if the seating arrangement allows
- Face away from each other
- Consider seating arrangements to maximize the distance between people in the vehicle
- Clean your car with standard cleaning products between trips. Clean the door handles and other areas that can be touched by people
- Ask the driver and passengers to do so Wear a face covering
On your journey
Expect more pedestrians and cyclists, especially at rush hour. If possible, allow other road users to do so keep social distance. For example, give cyclists space at the traffic lights.
Limit the time you spend in garages, gas stations, and on highways. Try to keep your distance from other people and, if possible, make contactless payments.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands frequently and whenever you get out of or back into your vehicle.
End your trip
When you have finished your trip, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands as soon as possible