Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Environmental Health
Ministry of Communications and Works
Release Date:
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 - 11:07am

Acting Commissioner at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Mr. Gregory Skelton has stated that practicing proper procedures when cleaning and disinfecting vehicles are crucial in stopping the spread of diseases.

Mr. Skelton said vehicles can be considered highly trafficked areas and that it is important that they do not become places where bacteria and viruses are transferred.  

He said, “Routine cleaning of surfaces using appropriate cleaning and disinfection methods can help to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease. The driving public should be vigilant about cleaning surfaces that are especially frequently touched.” 

The Acting Commissioner outlined that the inside and outside of the vehicle should be cleaned and priority must be placed on frequently touched areas including:

  • steering wheel
  • door handles
  • gear stick
  • dashboard controls
  • seats and armrests 
  • seatbelts 
  • hand brake      
  • mats and carpets 

Mr. Skelton added that when using cleaning products, it is essential to follow the guidance on manufacturer labels for the safe use of these products on specific surfaces and materials. Owners of vehicle are also to ensure that they are properly ventilated.

The Department of Motor Vehicles continues to strive to ensure the safety of operators, passengers and vehicles that commute within the Territory of the Virgin Islands.  For further information, contact the DMV’s main office on Tortola at telephone 1(284) 468-4080 or Virgin Gorda at telephone 1(284) 468-6502.


Giovanni Herbert

Information Officer
Telephone:  468-2035