Coronavirus guidance for operators of public transport and public transport facilities

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What does this involve?

Each area of Scotland has been assigned to a COVID protection level. Find out what you can and cannot do based on the local area that you live, work or travel in.

Transport Scotland has issued guidance for operators of transport facilities and transport services for the public, including school transport. It also covers staff facilities of transport operators.

It does not apply to airports or airlines.

The guidance requires transport operators to:

  • produce a COVID-19 risk assessment, in consultation with staff and trade unions, share it with them and keep it under review
  • help staff to work from home wherever possible
  • maintain 1 metre physical distancing, in the public area of stations, airports and enclosed ferry terminals as well as public transport vehicles and vessels
  • ensure physical distance of at least 2 metres in all other parts of the public transport network
  • implement measures to manage transmission risk, reinforce cleaning procedures and promote good hygiene regimes
  • communicate how safety measures are being implemented to staff and passengers and make clear what is expected of them

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

Operators of transport facilities and transport services for the public, including school transport. 

Important information

The guidance emphasises the importance of undertaking a full and ongoing risk assessment with full input from trade unions or workforce representatives selected by employees.

All risk mitigation measures should be regularly reviewed so that transport facilities, vehicles and vessels continue to feel, and be, safe.

Next steps

Visit the Transport Scotland website to read the guidance.

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