Edinburgh ranked second in UK-wide coronavirus rules compliance survey

83 per cent of Edinburgh residents always wear a mask on public transport, a new survey has found.

Monday, 30th November 2020, 9:27 am

It means the city is the second most compliant city when it comes to coronavirus rules on buses, trams, and trains.

The study, conducted by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, also found that more people in Glasgow followed the rules on public transport than anywhere else in the UK.

Overall, 90 per cent of Scots surveyed said they always wear a face covering when travelling on public transport - a higher proportion than in any other UK nation.

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83 per cent of Edinburgh residents always wear a mask on public transport, a new survey has found. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Only 77 per cent of people in both England and Northern Ireland said they always wore face masks on public transport.

In Wales, the figure was even lower, with just 71 per cent of respondents claiming they followed the rules on buses, trams and trains.

Meanwhile, Manchester residents were the least compliant, with just 46 per cent always wearing masks on trains, buses and the tube.

Of the 1,507 Brits surveyed, 28 per cent admitted that they had travelled on public transport without a mask in the last six months.

Keith Hawes, Director at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts, said: “With new restrictions being put in place regularly, government advice suggests we limit our use of public transport unless it’s absolutely essential.

“We’re also told to try and avoid peak times, only travelling when transport is quiet to allow for social distancing.

"The on-the-spot fine for not wearing a mask on public transport is £100 and this will double with each offense up to a hefty £3,200.”

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