JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Some South Africans returning to work under lockdown Level 4 might have to rely on car-pooling or ride-sharing each day. If that’s you, here are the constraints issued by the ANC.
MasterDrive’s MD Eugene Herbert says the main regulation is for fewer people per car – only three in a conventional sedan or hatchback.
He added: “Other legal requirements include wearing a facemask and leaving after 5am due to curfew. Having have a permit that allows you to travel to work is mandatory – put it on your windscreen.
“Yet, even with these restrictions in place, travelling in a vehicle with people that you have not been with in lockdown will still expose you to a higher risk of contracting the virus.
”Each person should follow additional procedures to further reduce this risk.”
AGREE TO SANITISE
Here are Herbert’s suggestions, to which he adds: ”If you can, travel solo in your own car. The considerable decrease in the petrol price will help with this.”
Otherwise, agree between yourselves to sanitise the shared vehicle daily.
Require passengers to complete a risk questionnaire daily. If any person starts to show symptoms or displays high risk, arrange for them to see a doctor.
If only two people are in the car, the passenger should sit in the back not the front passenger seat.
Keep sanitiser in the car for the driver and passenger(s) – and use it.
Ask each passenger to put their belongings in the boot.
Ensure proper ventilation in the vehicle by keeping the windows open.
…AND FOR RIDESHARE DRIVERS
Uber or similar rideshare drivers must sanitise their car after each client. If you transport a client who does not declare their risk or does not follow the recommended guidelines you can refuse service.
Such drivers should monitor their health. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, see a doctor before resuming work.
Place signage in your vehicles requesting passengers to follow the correct hygiene etiquette.
‘MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION’
While not travelling with other people is often impossible nakje sure you take every possible precaution to reduce the risk is not. “Protect yourself, your family, and your colleagues by following the basic rules and recommendations.
“Often,” Herbert says, ”making the right decision is about using commonsense and following your gut instinct. We do not promote paranoia, we DO advise caution.
”If you’re uncertain about possible safety measures MasterDrive has a free online course on its website. Do not hesitate to complete it and ensure that you stay safe during these uncertain times.”