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Transport and coronavirus

Guidance on coronavirus for staff in the transport sector and what to do if you become unwell on public transport.

See the COVID-19 guidance for staff in the transport sector.

You may want to download and display a poster about correct hand washing technique. A poster is attached to this page.

Public transport

To make sure you can protect yourself and others around you, we want to give you the information you need to make smart travel choices - so our transport network is as safe as possible for those who rely on it. 

In line with Government advice, our ask is that people continue to stay at home as much as possible and avoid public transport - unless it’s absolutely necessary - and to cycle, walk or drive if possible. That way we can make sure the limited capacity we have on our public transport network is preserved for people who don’t have another option.  

If you do have to travel by public transport, you must wear a face covering. It will be your responsibility to provide this.

Face coverings on public transport

It is now compulsory to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Face coverings are not the same as face masks. It is important that people do not use medical grade PPE masks to ensure these remain available for frontline staff.

If you become unwell on public transport

  1. Go back to your home or place of residence immediately.
  2. Try to avoid close contact with other people and touch objects and surfaces as little as possible.
  3. Contact NHS 111 coronavirus service to find out what to do next.


Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation, cars and vans and motorcycles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 will have their MOT extended by 6 months.

This will continue until confirmed otherwise.

This will allow vehicle owners to continue to be able to get to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home or do essential shopping.

Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition and drivers can be prosecuted if they drive an unsafe vehicle.

The government has issued guidance for the public on what to do if your car, van or motorcycle's MOT is due:

Guidance for MOT garages

The government has extended the requirement for certain businesses to close, but garages are allowed to stay open.

This is to make sure that essential vehicle maintenance and repair to keep vehicles, goods and key workers moving and safe can continue.

Read the guidance for garages on providing MOT tests during the coronavirus outbreak.