The PRA is seeking confirmation from the Welsh Government that Covid-secure car washes operating on supermarket car parks will be able to continue operation during the ‘Firebreak’ lockdown being imposed in Wales.
Brian Madderson, chairman of the PRA and Car Wash Association, said:“Automated car washes (ACW) and compliant hand car washes (HCW) play a vital role when it comes to vehicle repair and maintenance.
”These car washes ensure that vehicles remain identifiable for crime-enforcement purposes. Clean vehicles are safer to operate, especially during the winter months, as visibility is fully maintained through clear windows and all lights function properly so reducing avoidable accidents on the roads.This will have the further benefit of freeing up emergency services resources.
“The PRA is fully supportive of sensible measures that safeguard our members, and their customers, however, the risk of transmission can be effectively managed at these sites as their service can be operated at a distance with no close physical contact. HCW and ACW multiples, such as Waves, are able to provide their customers with the ability to pay through contactless methods, such as paying on-line and employing card readers that do not require the window to be opened at any point” Brian Madderson wrote.
The PRA have highlighted that in Part 2, section 3 (2) of The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Wales, it is clearly stated that people are entitled to travel to petrol stations to obtain supplies, including supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance, and functioning of the household, such as vehicle servicing and repair.
Madderson stressed that the PRA and CWA represent the 5,350 independent forecourt operators and specialist car wash companies across the UK, but do not represent the standalone HCW, which on occasion may breach Covid-19 regulations as well as thoseThe PRA is seeking confirmation from the Welsh Government that Covid-secure car washes operating on supermarket car parks will be able to continue operation during the ‘Firebreak’ lockdown being imposed in Wales. covering tax, employment and the environment.