26th June 2020

Motor Trade industry set for the return of accompanied test drives

By Aston Lark
Woman in a car wearing a face mask

Car dealers are among many business-operators pleased to hear Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement this week that the two-metre social distancing rule is being relaxed on 4th July.

This indicates that motor dealers could resume accompanied test drives within the next couple of weeks, which is already a standard cover on most policies.

In a statement to the House, the Prime Minister said, “Given the significant fall in the prevalence of the virus, we can change the two-metre social distancing rule, from 4th July”.

He also added “Where it is possible to keep two metres apart people should. But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’”.

At the moment, some car dealers are currently implementing the two-meter rule by taking advantage of the unaccompanied test drive on trade plates following the relaxation of the rule by the DVLA, which Aston Lark lobbied for, alongside the Independent Motor Dealers Association.

It is thought the easing of rules to one metre will now allow accompanied test drives to take place again, if not in the passenger seat alongside the customer, but perhaps from the back seat, although cars would need to be well ventilated and it is likely masks would need to be worn if car dealers choose to offer them.

Health & Safety advice

As well as this, businesses should adhere to the new guidelines while taking precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.

Car dealers can take certain steps to protect workers and customers. These include:

  • Avoiding face-to face seating
  • Reducing the number in enclosed spaces
  • Improving ventilation
  • Using protective screens and face coverings
  • Providing hand sanitisers

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