Statement from Amdi at AMDI DRIVING SCHOOL ON 23.3.2020
At an extremely difficult and worrying time for us all, taking into account the Government public health advice regarding social distancing and trying to control and delay the spread of the COVID-19 virus, AMDI DRIVING SCHOOL would urge all instructors to stop delivering driving lessons, if you have not already done so, with the exception of teaching key workers where necessary. This should be until the end of April and then we can then all review the situation again, in the mean time you can book the lessons in advance from the 01/05/2020 By calling the Office 0n TEL;02076848622.
We fully appreciate the worry of financial loss that this brings, and we hope that our calls for Government to offer a rescue package to the self-employed are acted upon, but we consider it is not possible for us to comply with current social distancing measures whilst teaching in a car.
Mr AMDI on behalf of AMDI DRIVING SCHOOL as the OWNER
If you do deem it necessary to continue supplying driver or rider training (to key workers etc), please see our guidance below.
Call your pupils ahead of each lesson (even if you have seen them within the last couple of days).
- Ask them if they have any symptoms.
- Ask them if anyone they know, or have been in contact with, is showing symptoms.
- Ask them if they, or if anyone they have been in contact with, has travelled from a high-risk, infectious region.
If a parent or anyone else comes along on the lesson, you will need to go through this with them too (or jointly).
Explain to them that you need to take a few extra precautionary measures during their lesson to keep them, and everyone safe.
- To wash their hands or use sanitiser gel just prior to getting into the car or every car is provided with hand sanitiser so you can use.
- To cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing – so a sleeve or tissue, not their hands.
- You’ll keep a window open for ventilation.
You also have some other housekeeping to do in order to help protect yourself and your client:
Before the client enters the vehicle, ensure that you have wiped over the following contact points:
Door handles (inside and out), window controls, seat adjusters, steering wheel and steering wheel height adjuster, parking brake, gear lever, indicator and wiper stalks and light controls with alcohol-based gel at the beginning and end of each training session. This would be good practise.
If you are unable to get the alcohol gel, then a bottle containing disinfectant, mixed with antibacterial soap and water and wiped over with kitchen paper and then dried with a separate sheet of kitchen paper would do. Ensure to discard the paper in the bin each time.
As a note of caution, the police are stopping people who are out in their cars to ask them what they are doing. This is because travel is only allowed when absolutely necessary. We are currently speaking to DVSA regarding the training of key workers, but the police now have the power to fine people £30 for going out without good reason. We will keep you updated with DVSA’s advice for training key workers.
Many Thanks AMDI.