More than 2,000 forecourts across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia, signed up to Devon-based GripHero’s offer of free hand-protection dispensers on the fuel pump as forecourts globally try to protect the public and staff against the transmission of Covid-19.

The award-winning patented hand-protection dispenser, designed by inventor and managing director of GripHero Oli Yeo, claims to be the only dispenser in the world permitted to sit on fuel pump handles. The use of ATEX-certified anti-static material removes all chance of static, enabling the dispensers to be fitted to the pumps.

Yeo said: "The simple truth is that drivers don’t wash their hands before picking up a pump and very few do so having filled up. Often, this is because forecourts don’t have washrooms. In other cases, drivers are in too much of a hurry to think about washing their hands having refuelled. Wearing hand-protection prevents this as an issue, and that’s where GripHero delivers."