Transport

Public Transport

Are there any changes to public transport services?

There are no changes to timetables.

However, please use public transport only if it is absolutely necessary.

Do not use public transport if you are unwell or in isolation.

More information about timetables, including updates, is on the Transport Canberra website.

There are some changes to keep workers and passengers safe:

  • use MyWay or pre-purchase tickets as drivers are not accepting cash
  • use rear doors to enter and exit buses, unless you need a low front door access
  • front seats on buses are closed to give more space between drivers and customers
  • light rail doors open automatically so you don’t have to touch the button
  • extra cleaning on light rail vehicles, buses, and at stops and interchanges
  • extra hygiene measures for staff including personal sanitiser for drivers

If you need to use public transport, please:

  • always practise good hygiene
  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres when waiting at stops and stations
  • spread out on board by leaving a seat or more if you can
  • if you can, travel outside peak times
  • remember to top up your MyWay card or buy a ticket from the machine

If you are caring for a child who is using public transport, please discuss these changes with them.

What about school services and special needs transport?

All school services and special needs transport timetables are operating as normal.

If you are caring for a child, reconsider if they need to use public transport to get to school.

Look at alternative transport if their route is crowded.

More information about timetables is on the Transport Canberra website and the ACT Education Directorate website.

Should I still be using public transport?

You can still use public transport if you need to.

However, please use public transport only if it is absolutely necessary.

Do not use public transport if you are unwell or in quarantine or isolation.

I think I travelled on a bus or light rail service that had a passenger with COVD-19 on it. What should I do?

Buses, light rail vehicles, stops, and stations are cleaned regularly, so risk of transmission is low.

If you have a registered MyWay card, contact Transport Canberra on 13 17 10 and confirm your travel details.

If your service had a case identified, call the COVID-19 Helpline on (02) 6207 7244 for more information.

If you have a registered MyWay card and your service is identified, ACT Health will try to contact you.

If you start developing symptoms, please follow advice on the Feeling unwell page.

Driving

Can I travel in a car with someone not from my household?

Yes.

Where possible, maintain physical distancing and keep up good hygiene.

In a car, this might mean a passenger sits in the back and clean hard surfaces after travel.

Travelling in a car is not directly regulated in the public health directions.

How many people from outside my household are allowed in my car?

Limit your passengers from outside your household to one.

Learner drivers

Am I still allowed to have driving lessons?

Yes.

It is classed as an education activity and can’t be done from home.

However, any unnecessary travel is discouraged.

Learner drivers and their supervising licensed drivers should consider physical distancing and personal hygiene advice when in the car.

This may mean limiting your lessons to within ACT borders or limiting the time of your lessons.

What if I’m a driving instructor?

You can still hold lessons it is your job and cannot be done from home.

Consider physical distancing and personal hygiene advice when teaching a learner from outside your household.

What do I need to do if my learner licence is due to expire?

All learner motorbike and car licences that are due to expire between 23 March 2020 and 1 January 2021 will have their expiry date extended by 12 months.

You do not need to do anything and there is no associated cost.

Will I be issued with a new licence?

No.

If you need a replacement licence with the updated expiry date, apply online with Access Canberra.

How will police know that my licence is still valid?

The ACT Government and ACT Policing have been working together on this extension of learner licences.

The ACT licensing system, which police have access to, will be updated to reflect the new expiry date.

I received my learner car licence before 1 January 2020. Will this extension mean I am subject to the new requirements for obtaining a provisional car licence?

No.

You will remain on the previous licensing scheme and are not subject to the new requirements.

If after this extension you need to renew your learner licence, you will transition to the new licensing scheme.

You will then have to satisfy the requirements that commenced on 1 January 2020.

Driver licences

I am a holder of a current overseas licence, can I continue to drive on that licence?

Holders of a current overseas licence who have become permanent residents will now have an additional 3 months to convert to an ACT licence.

That means you have 6 months in total to convert your licence.

Driver testing for overseas licence holders has ceased until further notice.

I am a holder of a current interstate or external territory driver licence, can I continue to drive on that licence?

Currently holders of an interstate or external territory driver licence who have moved to the ACT are required to obtain an ACT driver licence within 3 months of taking up residency in the ACT.

These licence holders will now have an additional 3 months to covert to an ACT licence, making 6 months in total.

Taxis and ride share

Taxis and ride share services are still operating in the ACT. Drivers and passengers should follow ACT Health advice to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Can I still travel in a taxi or ride share vehicle?

Yes, taxis and ride share vehicles are still operating in the ACT.

What precautions should I be taking in a taxi?

If you are using a taxi as a mode of transport, you should follow the ACT Health advice above on good hygiene practices.

Each taxi and ride share driver should follow additional cleaning practices as part of good hygiene practice.

You should not use a taxi or ride share vehicle if you feel unwell.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have no other means of transport to get to a centre for testing, please contact Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 to arrange alternative travel.

What precautions can drivers and passengers take?

Follow good hygiene practices to protect yourself and others.

Maintain physical distancing where possible.

If you are travelling in a taxi or rideshare car, sit in the back seat where possible.

If you cough or sneeze, clean hard surfaces with detergent or disinfectant wipes if they’re available.

What additional precautions can drivers take?

Regularly clean surfaces with detergent or disinfectant wipes at the end of each shift.

If a passenger coughs or sneezes, clean hard surfaces with detergent or disinfectant wipes.

Ask your passenger to use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth if they are coughing or sneezing.

Should drivers or passengers wear a face mask?

Advice about wearing masks is on the Protect yourself page.

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: May 22 2020