UITP says growing number of international studies are finding that transmission risk is ‘very low’

 
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“There is enough evidence to show that with all recommended safety measures in place, the risk to health from the coronavirus pandemic within public transport is very low.” That is the conclusion of a policy paper published last week by UITP, the international union of public transport.

Many governments have called on people to avoid public transport during the pandemic, but UITP says this has been done without solid scientific evidence. The Brussels-based organisation observes that a growing number of international studies suggest that public transport is safe. Sources include Sante-Publique France, Germany’s Robert Koch-Institut and the UK’s RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board).

The sector has faced stigmatisation without any verified argument to back it up and so we must show the factual research

“Public transport demonstrated its resilience by reacting adequately to an extreme situation and continually evolving throughout the global coronavirus pandemic,” said UITP secretary general Mohamed Mezghani.

“The sector has faced stigmatisation without any verified argument to back it up and so we must show the factual research conducted around the world to counter these false criticisms.”

 
The full story appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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