PASSENGER GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELLING ON SANDERS BUS SERVICES DURING COVID-19

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PASSENGER GUIDANCE FOR TRAVELLING ON SANDERS BUS SERVICES

Sanders Coaches Personal Protective Measures on our services in the context of COVID-19

 

Public transport is an essential service. 

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic there are two types of risks related to public transport.

 

1, Crowding in public transport and their use by large numbers of people can contribute to direct transmission of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets and indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces.

 

2, The increased risk of infection to public transport staff.

 

The following measures are recommended to mitigate these risks and to maintain our services:

 

Inform the passengers about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and advise that they should not use public transport if showing COVID-19 compatible symptoms (cough, sore throat, general weakness, fatigue and muscular pain.

 

Ensure physical distancing for service staff wherever possible by restricting close passenger proximity.

 

The use of face shields for our staff is strongly recommended as the driving compartment is not physically separated from the passengers.

 

Share information, infographics for display in waiting areas, platforms and our website explaining the importance of physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the appropriate use of face masks, scarves or bandanas as advised by the health authorities.


Actively promote contactless forms of payment to avoid cash handling interaction between passenger and driver.  

 

Prevent passengers from consuming food / drink whilst travelling on the bus unless it is deemed necessary for medical reasons IE: Diabetes.

 

Actively promote physical distancing on public transport by sealing off seats to prevent failure of the 2-metre social distancing rule.

 

Prevent crowding in waiting areas such as busy bus stops and work with local councils to have sufficient signage to prevent public congregation.


Put on more vehicles at peak times to enable the spread of passenger loadings so as we do not exceed our safe working patronage.

 

Clearly mark on the buses the safe loading figure so as we may alleviate pressure on the driver who will be isolated when trying to enforce social distancing.

 

Introduce boarding from the rear of the vehicle so the driver can clearly identify available seating.

 

Ensure proper ventilation in the vehicle at all times. Avoid recirculating air and encourage the use of windows, skylight panels and fans to increase replacement with fresh air. Such measures should be adapted based on local conditions and the needs and type of vehicles as well as the needs of our passengers.

 

Remind the public about proper hand hygiene before boarding and after disembarking the bus. Introduction of hand sanitisers on the vehicle and consider the use of face masks (medical or non-medical) for passengers on our services, particularly if physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, paying attention to proper mask use and safe disposal of all contaminated items.