Whilst millions of drivers have been forced off of the roads due to lockdown, millions of key workers still need to take to the roads. Now a new website has been launched to keep them on the move…
Keeping Key Workers Moving
For millions of drivers, the lockdown means putting away their car keys for weeks (maybe even longer). But for key workers, the men and women who keep our essential services operational, mobility remains crucial. Now a new website called KeyworkerGarages.co.uk has been launched to help delivery drivers, police and NHS workers locate motoring services. All they need to do is enter their postcode to be shown all of the organisations that are open for business; and have confirmed that they’ll assist key workers. However, the website states that it’s advisable to still make a call before setting out for a visit. Currently, services listed on the website include the likes of tyre fitting, repairs and maintenance. Companies that aren’t currently listed on the website have been invited to get in touch with Cazana, the company behind the concept.
Tom Wood, speaking for Cazana, said the company wanted to do its bit for the nation’s effort against the coronavirus pandemic. He said, “this is a challenging time for both the automotive industry and all those who are on the front line fighting this pandemic and we wanted to do something as a team to help both the nation’s essential key workers and the dealer service departments remaining open”. He added, “I’m massively proud of the team here at Cazana who have been collecting data and have built this new site over the past week with the intention of helping people to stay mobile during this crisis”.
Motoring Under Lockdown
With all but ‘essential’ journeys banned, millions of drivers have been forced off the roads. Traffic levels are now at levels recorded in the mid-1950s. The government has extended MOTs due on or after 30 March 2020 by six months. Car manufactures sent their workers home weeks ago, and are now either working to produce ventilators or offer breakdown services. Lexus and Toyota, for instance, have partnered up with the AA to provide free roadside assistance cover; and regardless of how old a vehicle is. Vauxhall is offering a similar service to NHS staff who drive in its models.
A full list of professions considered to be ‘key workers’ by the government can be found here
Lockdown: Drivers Warned That Their Car Batteries Could Be Flat – https://autoserveclub.co.uk/blog/lockdown-drivers-warned-that-car-batteries-could-be-flat/
NHS: Automotive Companies Band Together To Support Essential Workers – https://autoserve.co.uk/motoring-news/nhs-automotive-companies-band-together-to-support-essential-workers/