Cleaning laws for the CPV industry

Vehicle cleaning in the CPV industry

There is a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission in closed, indoor environments, especially those with poor air circulation such as a CPV, where physical distancing can’t be maintained

A person can be infected with COVID-19 due to close contact with an infected person. COVID-19 can be spread through coughing, sneezing, kissing, talking, or singing. Droplets can enter your mouth, nose or eyes and cause infection.

This can happen by having close face-to-face contact, being within 1.5 metres of someone with COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface before touching your face.

Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces continues to be an important way to manage COVID-19 transmission risks.

The latest recommendations are outlined in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

Booking service providers, vehicle owners and accredited drivers continue to have ongoing obligations under industry laws to provide safe services, which includes controlling risks associated with COVID-19 transmission.

Thank you for your commitment to keeping your passengers and the Victorian community safe.

What are the vehicle cleaning laws?

While cleaning between passengers is no longer mandated, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces continues to be an important way to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

Measures relevant to the CPV industry to prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19 are still required under public health directions and under general duties in industry laws.

CPV drivers should clean high-touch surfaces with a simple detergent throughout a shift.

However, where a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 positive passenger has been in the vehicle CPV surfaces should be cleaned with a detergent and a disinfectant with antiviral claims against COVID-19.

An approved hand sanitiser should continue to be made available to passengers.

CPV drivers should clean surfaces of the vehicle which are likely to have been touched, in the following circumstances

When

Which surfaces

At least once a day
For example:

* after a busy period. Cleaning will be

most effective in reducing COVID-19

transmission risk after a peak period

of trips where you have a high volume

of passengers who are likely to have

touched surfaces.

* at the start of a shift. Create a routine

to clean before providing the first CPV

trip on any day.

* after the last trip on any day. Create

a routine to clean after providing the

last CPV trip on any day.

High-touch surfaces that a driver or passenger is likely to have touched.

More on high-touch surfaces can be found in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

Between drivers
(if a CPV is used by more than one
driver, before providing the vehicle
for use by the next driver)

High-touch surfaces that the driver is likely to have touched.

Mask wearing in CPVs

Mask wearing is still mandatory in CPVs, by both passenger and driver, unless there is a lawful reason not to do so.

Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces continues to be an important way to manage COVID-19 transmission risks.

We also know there are many other ways we can limit the spread of COVID-19 including:

  • wearing a fitted face mask
  • opening windows or turning off air conditioning circulation
  • hand hygiene (making sanitiser available to passengers
  • physical distancing but liming the number of passengers in one trip.

Recommendations regarding how to reduce the risk of COVID transmission can be found in the new Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. These guidelines are designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in CPV settings.

Should hand sanitiser still be provided to passengers?

BSPs should provide drivers with hand sanitiser which can then be made available for passengers during trips. It is no longer a mandatory requirement under the Industry Regulations; however, it is still encouraged as good hand hygiene is an effective way of reducing COVID-19 transmission risk.

More information can be found in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

When does this come into place? Can I stop cleaning now?

The cleaning requirements outlined the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Regulations 2018 were changed on9 August 2022.

There are still obligations under industry laws to control risks of COVID-19 transmission and provide safe CPV services.

It is recommended that drivers clean vehicles with a simple detergent at least once per shift.  Where a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 positive passenger has been in the vehicle CPV surfaces should be cleaned with a detergent and a disinfectant with antiviral claims against COVID-19. More information about recommended vehicle cleaning can be found in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

What does this mean for BSPs?

After 9 August 2022 it is no longer a mandatory requirement to keep cleaning records or provide drivers with a way to record their cleaning.

You will still need to keep any previous cleaning records for a period of 12 months in case you are asked to produce them.

BSPs continue to have general duties under industry laws to provide safe CPV services. BSPs are still encouraged to take reasonable steps to ensure that drivers are implementing safety measures against COVID-19 transmission.

This may include providing appropriate cleaning products, hand sanitiser and ensuring the cleaning of vehicles at least once per shift.

Guidance for BSPs can be found in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry COVID-19 Safety Guidelines.

What other information and resources are available?

These documents summarise CPV industry cleaning laws:

Read the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Further Amendment Regulations 2020 for full laws and legal language.