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In London, all road user charging schemes have been temporarily suspended. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has asked for this move to ensure London’s critical workers, particularly those in the health service, are able to travel round London as easily as possible during the crisis.

Transport for London has also reduced the number of tube stations open and says it is ensuring they are appropriately staffed.  

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says: “People should not be travelling, by any means, unless they really have to. London’s roads should now only be used for essential journeys. To help our critical workers get to work and for essential deliveries to take place, I have instructed TfL to temporarily suspend the Congestion Charge, ULEZ and Low Emission Zone from Monday.”  

In Germany, the Volkswagen Group says it will be providing about 200,000 protective face masks for public health protection. The city of Wolfsburg is also to receive further medical material.

Volkswagen HR Board Member Gunnar Kilian says: “Solidarity take priority for Volkswagen. This principle also applies beyond the factory gate. People working in the public health sector are currently performing outstanding services to society. We are convinced that these face masks will be put to the best use by them. The opinion of the Board of Management is unanimous: Volkswagen is pleased to provide unbureaucratic support.”

In the U.S, General Motors and Ventec Life Systems are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase production of its respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are working closely with Ventec to rapidly scale up production of their critically important respiratory products to support our country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We will continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis.”

Meanwhile, the UK’s Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest car manufacturer to suspend production. The company says its intention is to resume in the week of 20 April, subject to review of the rapidly-changing circumstances. 

Currently, Jaguar Land Rover’s manufacturing plants in Brazil and India continue operating. The company’s joint venture plant in China reopened in the week of 24 February. 

In a press statement, JLR said: ‘Although the company’s focus must be on its business and responsibilities to employees, Jaguar Land Rover is doing whatever it can to support its communities through the current situation. The company’s thoughts are with those directly affected by COVID-19 and with the healthcare professionals, whose role in combating this virus is appreciated by all’. 

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Volvo Cars says its Swedish and US plants will be closed between 26 March and 14 April. The plant in Belgium will remain closed until 5 April. Earlier this month, Volvo Cars reopened its four manufacturing plants in China after an extended closure period. “Our primary concer

Håkan Samuelsson, Chief Executive of Volvo Cars, says: “”Our primary concerns are the health of our employees and the future of our business. With the help of valuable supporting programs put in place by governments and authorities, we have been able to act quickly.”

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