Car sharing safely

You must adhere to the relevant social contact rules that apply to you when car sharing.

In tier 3 and tier 4 areas, car sharing is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason. For example, if car sharing is reasonably necessary as part of your volunteering duties, or taking someone to a medical appointment or vaccination appointment.

It is difficult to socially distance during car journeys. Where it is essential to car share, you can reduce the risk of transmission by:

  • share the transport with the same people each time
  • minimise the group size at any one time
  • opening windows for ventilation
  • travelling side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
  • facing away from each other
  • considering seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • cleaning your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • asking the driver and passengers to wear a face covering