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Mitsubishi Motors Australia has announced that its dealership service centres will commit to prioritise the service and repair of vehicles owned by healthcare and essential services workers in the wake of COVID-19.

The move will assist workers keep their vehicles safe on the roads, and support them to maximise precious downtime between shifts.

Mitsubishi Motors Australia fully supports the government’s efforts to protect our communities and save lives. As the nation fights the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19), we appreciate that healthcare and emergency services workers are working hard to keep us all safe,” the manufacturer said in a statement.

John Signoriello, CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Australia said: “This is a once in a generation event, and we appreciate everything these critical workers are doing to protect our communities. Service and repair work is essential to keeping them safe on the road as they take on this huge task.

“In the past few weeks, my colleagues who have family members working in healthcare or government response roles have told me they are working long shifts to manage the demands on their services. They are working terrifically hard. If we can do something to offer some peace-of-mind, and maximise their downtime between shifts – we should, and we will.”

The manufacturer said that tssential workers should identify themselves when booking so that dealership staff can fulfil this commitment. In some dealerships, workshops are also able to offer vehicle collection and drop-off from home or work, if they cannot get to the dealership service area.