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Volunteer Driving for Covid 19 – update re. insurance

In Covid 19 vol news, News by Lisa Irwin

Are you considering being a volunteer driver to support the community as part of Covid 19 response?

VARB is currently working with the local voluntary sector and councils to identify where drivers are needed.  Please bear with us whilst we complete this work to identify where drivers are needed most.

Car insurance

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has just updated its guidance for volunteers using their cars to provide Covid-19 response.

“NHS Volunteer Responders and others who are volunteering to help their communities during the coronavirus outbreak do not need to contact their insurer to update their documents or extend their cover,”

See here for full guidance.

MOTs

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.  See here for details.

Costs and training for volunteers

If you are using your own vehicle most charities will reimburse volunteer drivers at the standard mileage rate of 45p per mile and provide any additional training that might be required.  However, it is important to clarify this at the initial informal chat.  Some organisations might also want to carry out additional checks such as eyesight tests and will want to check your licence.

If you would like to register to provide driving services please complete the online registration form here