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Zeelo launches new passenger safety measures to reduce COVID-19 risk

Zeelo, the bus-sharing company, has added new air-filtration and cleaning measures alongside its own contact tracing app to help protect passengers from COVID-19.

In partnership with Cambridgeshire coach operator Greys of Ely, Zeelo has installed air-filtration systems and a wet fogging system to clean 99% of air particles on buses.

Zeelo transports more than a million workers a year to offices with contracts with Ocado, Amazon, Jaguar Land Rover, Matches Fashion, Colgate and Argos.

The company has created these solutions as companies look for alternatives to traditional public transport after the Government’s announcement to avoid using it if possible. It is hoping independent coach and bus operators will 

Zeelo’s own contact tracing app, separate to the one the Government is looking to launch through the NHS, works by passengers updating their smartphone app to notify they are experiencing symptoms so fellow passengers who may have been travelling with them in the past can be alerted and self-isolate.

Zeelo and Greys of Ely have also introduced personal protective equipment (PPE) for drivers, the use of only the middle doors and a zero-contact policy along with enforced social distancing on board.

The service is currently operating for Amazon employees in Peterborough and the partnership aims to create awareness for businesses across Cambridgeshire that there is a viable alternative to get their staff back safely, as well as rolling it out further across the South East, South West, Home Counties, North West and Midlands.

Sam Ryan, co-founder and Zeelo chief executive, said: “Companies now have a responsibility to bring staff back to work safely and, through our partnership with Greys of Ely, we are ready to roll this out across the region.”

Zeelo is now operating 100 routes across the country for various businesses including Amazon, XPO Logistics and Ocado.

Grey’s of Ely director Richard Grey added: “This is a great example of innovation paired with a forward thinking transport operator.

“Together we have been a safe space for Amazon riders in Peterborough and are now ready for any other company that may be considering bringing their staff back in a safe manner.”

Zeelo's measures to tackle COVID-19 on its buses include:

  • Eco3 air purifiers installed in vehicles - high grade filters clean 99% of the air particles by reducing harmful virus particles and CO2 particles, reducing the risk of the respiratory transmission;
  • ULV Wet Fogging System applied after each operational day, which is active against removing virus and bacteria within 5 minutes of application;
  • All services will be fully sanitised before and after each journey by trained drivers;
  • Drivers will be equipped with PPE to reduce the risk of infection spreading and passengers will be encouraged to use face coverings;
  • There will be a no-contact policy onboard – drivers will check riders passes without contact to riders or their phones;
  • The number of people on vehicles will be capped so that every member of staff has two meters spacing around them to reduce social interaction;
  • Hand sanitiser will be offered on all services for riders

Zeelo currently drives more than 5,000 people to work each day across the UK, with key hubs in the Midlands, South West, North West and Home Counties.

It has also unveiled plans to expand its offering in Ireland and Italy, in addition to growing its customer base in South Africa.

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