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Taxi and Private Hire - Covid-19 Guidance

Specific guidance for the taxi and private hire trade

To help drivers and operators of taxis and private hire vehicles to stay safe, prevent the spread of coronavirus, and ensure passengers are well informed the Department of Transport has produced sector specific guidance for the taxi and private hire vehicle industry.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-taxis-and-phvs

The Dft have also created a PHV and taxi specfic section to their extranet. This is where you will be able to find documents/poster to download and use.

https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/resources-for-taxi-phv/


FACE COVERINGS

Customers in taxis and private hire vehicles MUST wear face coverings.

Taxi and private hire drivers are advised to wear face coverings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE CLEAN TO REDUCE THE IMPACT OF THE VIRUS

Regularly clean surfaces such as card payment devices, sterring wheels, handbrake, door handles, with normal cleaning products. (At the beginning, middle and end of shift as a minimum)

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a sanitizer gel.

Ventilate your vehicle, open windows.

Ask passengers to sit as far from you as possible.

PROTECTIVE SCREENS

The installation of protective barriers is a decision for the vehicle operator to make based on their own assessment of the risk. Torridge District Council will support the use of barriers providing they do not compromise public safety and they comply with TDC guidance. Please contact the Licensing Team for more information.

The Government have produced guidance on protective screens.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-safety-screens-for-taxis-and-phvs