Guidance on Key Worker Status
BIFA has become increasingly aware of police conducting vehicle checks and questioning drivers as to the purpose of their journeys.
Certain constabularies appear to be more likely to conduct these checks than others.
Having listened to Members it would appear that the problem is twofold:
- Some Government Guidance is not as clear as it could be
- Lack of understanding on the part of the police of the essential nature of the role of the transport sector in keeping the country fed and supplied with essential products.
The most important guidance on this topic was provided on the 23rd March this instant by the Department of Education relative to key worker children, this can be viewed at. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
For our sector the most important section specifically covers Transport stating
“This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.”
During a telephone conference call attended by BIFA with the Department for Transport on the 26th March, the Department clearly stated that all elements of transport were key to keeping supply chains open to feed, deliver medical and other supplies to the UK population. The term “keeping the country working was used”
Members should be sensible and remember that not all workers within their organizations are key workers and every effort should be made to follow government guidance and work from home wherever possible.
However, where travel to a place of work or travel for work is required, we do suggest that key workers within individual companies are provided with a document on company letterhead. BIFA is not able to issue a template for individual companies to use as only the Member will know their own business and workforce sufficiently well to do so, the following information should be included: -
- Identifying the company
- Stating that it operates within the key Transport sector
- The name of the individual employee and the fact that they have a key role to play in the company’s business activities
- That the individual’s role cannot be done from home
We anticipate that this guidance will assist Members go about their business.