• Michael Hughes

Avoiding Public Transport in a Pandemic

During the early days of the Pandemic, the general public were asked to avoid public transport to reduce the number of people using the services and to free them up for essential workers such as NHS and Social Care staff.

There is another good reason to avoid public transport… Is it Safe??? Due to the high volume of people using the services there is a much greater chance of coming into contact with a surface where the virus may be present. Our understanding of how the virus is transmitted has increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. It is now almost common knowledge that the virus can live up to 72 hours on certain materials such as metal and that it can travel quickly through the air in water droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes without a barrier (such as a face mask / covering) to prevent or reduce the spread of water droplets.

Although both government and scientists had contradictory views on the use of facemasks at the beginning of the Pandemic, it is now pretty much accepted that they do play a huge part in helping to reduce the spread of the virus. Because of this it has been made Law to wear a face mask or covering in environments such as shops or public transport, unless of course you have a medical reason not to. But there is still a minority of the population that refuse to wear them either ignorantly or selfishly. Unfortunately there have been many cases of this documented on both main stream media and social media. As an avid listener of LBC Radio, I have heard numerous accounts from their regular afternoon presenter Shelagh Fogarty, of how she has encountered selfish individuals not wearing face masks on crowded London public transport. Shelagh is not afraid to question or remind those culprits who fall fowl of the law and I applaud her sense of civic duty, but at the same time would not encourage this confrontational tactic for reasons of personal security.

The cleaning regimes on public transport have undoubtably increased, but this tends to be at the beginning and end of a journey. But how many passengers have travelled on the service between these cleaning intervals??? For Rail or Tube Trains it could be hundreds and Buses will carry dozens of people between being cleaned. Taxis who have slightly more flexibility to conduct a cleaning regime between passengers have additional pressures of getting to the next trip because if there is no passenger onboard, then the driver is not earning which could lead to a sporadic cleaning regime.

This is where a Chauffeur Service can come into its own. Depending on the bookings for any particular day, a chauffeured vehicle may only have one passenger during a 24 hour period. Even on days when there is more than one booking, at Executive Chauffeur North West the timeline for a Chauffeured service begins with a scheduled deep clean of the vehicle both inside and out… without exception. For this reason we believe a Professional Chauffeur Service such as that at Executive Chauffeur North West is the safest mode of transport, especially during these unprecedented and uncertain times.

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