State Fleet Management COVID-19 Guidance for Sanitizing Vehicles
State Fleet Management is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19. The recommendations below, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are designed to assist with sanitizing state vehicles and minimizing known risks.
In addition, Executive Order No. 2020-50 requires state employees to wear cloth face coverings or clean disposable masks while in state vehicles with another individual and while using drive-through services. State employees are not required to wear face coverings or masks when operating a state vehicle alone or with members of their household.
The following four steps are “best practices” for drivers based on CDC recommendations and national fleet organizations:
- Drivers should wash their hands before and after driving and bring all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid contamination, including a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer and alcohol-based wipes. Individuals should wear gloves or use a wipe when contacting frequently touched surfaces such as fuel pumps, parking meters, touch screens and keypads that may not have been sanitized.
- Drivers should conduct a pre-start vehicle check that includes hygiene management. Use wipes with at least 60 percent alcohol content to clean hard, interior car surfaces. Do not use other chemical or bleach-based wipes as they may damage the car’s interior or be too toxic for use in a vehicle cabin.
- Drivers should also sanitize vehicle high-touch areas, including keys and fobs; door handles, latches, lock buttons and steering wheel; shift lever; buttons or touch screens; wiper and turn signal stalks; center console and cup holders; driver and passenger armrests; seat belts; grab handles; seat adjusters; headrests; seat pockets; and the rear-view mirror.
- When finished driving the vehicle for the day, drivers should thoroughly wipe down the vehicle’s interior and high-touch areas with alcohol-based wipes, and appropriately dispose of used wipes and PPE.
No amount of cleaning can guarantee you will avoid catching an illness, but these suggestions may help to minimize the risk. For further guidance on safe transportation practices, visit the CDC website.
State Fleet Management is not responsible for vehicle damage caused by improper cleaning methods.