Licence Bureau urges fleets to stick to COVID-19 Secure guidelines

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:18th May 2021

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With many fleet drivers now back at work or planning to return, one organisation has urged them and their employers to stick to government guidelines designed to protect them against the further spread of coronavirus.

Licence Bureau highlighted the recently published document Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, which contains a dedicated sub-category on advice for business driving.

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The document aims to provide guidance for everyone from lorry drivers and couriers to sales reps and mobile workers on how to ensure they stay COVID-19 Secure in the weeks ahead.

It sets out eight areas of focus for both businesses and individuals, including who should go to work; social distancing and what to do when it is not possible to remain two metres from other people; and cleaning the workplace, among other key topics.

Licence Bureau’s Steve Pinchen said: “We are reinforcing the government’s very clear guidance on the subject and that is that everyone needs to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19. Implementation and adherence to new compliance measures is an absolute must for all fleet operators and business drivers.”

This comes after the Freight Transport Association and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport also launched their own Good Practice Guide for COVID-19.

It offers practical advice from member organisations on how business drivers can adhere to the government’s new rules at the same time as restarting their operations as normally as possible.

Tom Cosway, brand representative at Fuel Card Services, comments: “This is a time when many fleet operators and drivers will be feeling apprehensive about returning to work, particularly with coronavirus still a very real threat. We would also urge everyone in the industry to read up on the regulations and keep them in mind when planning to get back to business.”