Transport for West Midlands: travel guidance for businesses as part of their Covid-19 response

Following the change in government advice and the modest easing of the lockdown
restrictions, TfWM is advising people to be prepared for a very different travel
experience when they return to work or education. Some of these include:

  • Please wear a face covering.
  • Keep space between yourself and others.
  • Carry hand sanitiser and wash your hands before and after travelling.
  • Allow others to get off the bus before getting on.
  • Pay for your ticket in advance or use contactless where possible.

Work from home

TfWM is advising that staff should work from home and avoid travelling to their place
of work where at all possible. Since capacity has been reduced on the public transport network, TfWM has advised businesses to be more flexible in their way of working to reduce the number of people travelling at
peak times.

Encouraging Walking and Cycling for short trips

Cycling and walking has helped in improvements to local air quality, improved
physical and mental health, greener, more resilient communities and happier places to
live, work and play. Vitally, more people walking and cycling will enable employees to
access employment safely, and allow space for those who need to use public transport
to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Cycle to Work scheme is a UK Government tax exemption initiative introduced in the
Finance Act 1999 to promote healthier journeys to work and to reduce environmental
pollution. It allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists’ safety equipment to employees
as a tax-free benefit with the option to buy outright at the end of the loan term. TfWM strongly recommends that people take advantage of this.

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