Government guidance on car-sharing

Liftshare have been asking Public Health England for clear, official guidance when it comes to sharing journeys with colleagues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our main priority is keeping our members safe, but we know that so many people, especially key and critical workers, rely on Liftshare to be able to get to those essential places of work.


We are very pleased to say these guidelines have now been published and confirm what Liftshare have been suggesting for the last few weeks. The advice is clear; Do not travel if it is not essential, but for those who must commute, and who have no other way of getting to their key or critical place of work, car sharing can be an option.


Below is the official advice from the Government regarding car-sharing for essential workers and can be seen in full here.


Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus (COVID-19) from Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy


Use of private vehicles and car pooling
“When using a private vehicle to make a journey that is essential, cars should only be shared by members of the same household. Those who normally share a car with people who are not members of their own household for a journey that is essential, e.g. getting to work, should consider alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport where you maintain a distance of 2 metres from others.

If the journey is essential, such as travel to work, and there is no option but to share a car with people who are not part of the same household, journeys should be shared with the same individuals and with the minimum number of people at any one time.

Good ventilation (i.e. keeping the windows open) and facing away from each other may help to reduce the risk of transmission. Private vehicles that are used by people from multiple households should be cleaned regularly using gloves and standard cleaning products with particular emphasis on handles and other areas where passengers may touch surfaces.”


We are updating our guidelines for sharing constantly. The latest advice can be found here.

Author Simon Cross


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