Online Event Recap: Good to Go, Starting Back Up – Technical Advice
by Dylan Gallanders
Support and Engagement Executive, North Wales
From October to December, CTA is holding a series of free online events looking at important topics for the community transport sector, and what life might look like for our members over the next few months and into 2021. Throughout lock-down, our online events, from our weekly member drop in calls to our Recovery and Restart webinar in July, have been great ways for members to connect with each other and the CTA team in what has been a challenging and uncertain time. Your feedback has been that you wanted to see more opportunities for online events looking at the important topics and issues facing the community transport sector at the moment.
Our second Good to Go session of the series took place on 09 October, and was all about what you need to consider before restarting your services.From checking your permits are still valid to deciding how many passengers to carry on your vehicles, this session aimed to highlight some of the key things which you’ll need to think about.
We discussed how your starting point should be to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment. There’s a template available on our coronavirus guidance page to help you and, if you are a CTA member, you can also access a range of examples from other CTA members. It’s your risk assessment which will form the basis for answering questions relating to things such as vehicle capacity, installing protective screens and cleaning protocols.
As well as the coronavirus specific measures that you are putting in place, it’s also important to remember the requirements that you need to meet to operate safely and legally and we discussed these during the event. This includes ensuring that any permits you use have not expired, that your drivers’ licences are still valid and that appropriate insurance cover is in place. You should also be aware of the maintenance requirements which you need to meet, including daily walk around checks, safety inspections, MOTs, servicing and wheelchair lift inspections. You can find more information and resources about these requirements in the members’ area of our website.
Below is a copy of the presentation and a recording of the event, which also included discussions between participants as they asked questions and shared their experiences of restarting their services during these uncertain times.
If you’re interested in attending any of our other events, take a look at ctauk.org/online-events and if you have any questions about any of the topics covered in this event, you can get in touch with our advice service at email@example.com. You can also find our coronavirus guidance for community transport providers at ctauk.org/covid19-guidance.
You can also contact the CTA advice service if you need any further information. The CTA team are currently working remotely, so to ensure you speak to the right person first time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org receive a call back.
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