Australia's first vehicle sanitisation station a success


Thousands of point to point transport drivers have had their vehicles sanitised for free in an Australian first trial launched in Sydney.

The initiative, which was launched last month and funded by the NSW Government, is designed to help keep drivers and passengers safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said safety during the pandemic was the number one priority.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure both drivers and passengers are as safe as possible during this outbreak. This trial is the first of its kind in the country and has been so successful we’re now rolling it out across other metro areas and the regions.

“Point to point vehicles eligible for this service include all taxis, rideshare vehicles and hire vehicles. I really want people who still need to use these services for essential travel, to do so with the reassurance they need during the Coronavirus outbreak,” Mr Constance said.

Vehicle sanitisation includes the disinfection of outside and inside door handles, boot handle, window controls, steering wheel, visors, centre console, gear stick, handbrake, grip handles, glove box, dashboard, seatbelts, seats, headrests, mobile phone holders, cup holders, fuel door, fuel cap meters, and payment equipment. It is not a car wash service. Spot cleaning in between sanitisation is also required by drivers.

Point to Point Transport Commissioner Anthony Wing said the trial in Alexandria had been welcomed by both drivers and passengers.

“The safety of passengers and drivers is my top priority. Drivers and service providers are already embracing this complimentary once-per-vehicle-per-day service so they can continue with their essential work.

“It’s also been great to see a number of community transport and Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Vehicles coming through for sanitisations, to support the needs of our most vulnerable passengers,” Mr Wing said.