The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for the automotive industry in Australia, has advised that car and motorcycle dealerships are open across the country to help keep Australia moving.

As State and Territory governments begin to lift COVID-19 restrictions, businesses and organisations are starting the process of re-opening their operations. In turn, workers all over the country could soon re-commence their daily journey to work.

While a large percentage of commuters have traditionally chosen public transport for their daily trip, some experts are warning that crowding on trains, buses and trams could present social distancing challenges during the pandemic.

In this scenario, personal transport could be the answer for many commuters. Throughout the pandemic, the importance of personal transport has increased, as it offers a secure means to conduct essential travel while maintaining social distance.

As Australians get back to work and back on the roads, dealerships are open to ensure cars and motorcycles are correctly maintained and commuters can reach their destinations safely. Sales support is also available to ensure vehicles can be safely replaced, if necessary.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said both cars and motorcycles could play a vital role in assisting Australia to re-open safely.

“We need to ensure we continue to adhere to COVID-19 safe practices, and social distancing remains critical. Driving or riding to your destination is a safe and viable option,” Mr Weber said.

Many dealers across the country have included additional precautions to safeguard their customers. These include:
– Virtual sales and service consultations
– Contact-free drop off and pick up of serviced vehicles
– Contact-free delivery of vehicles for evaluation drives
– Enhanced detailing and disinfecting practices
– Physical distancing in sales and service facilities

The FCAI has previously issued hygiene advice to drivers, encouraging measures to reduce COVID-19’s spread.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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