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Coronavirus update for taxi operators and drivers

Coronavirus (Covid -19) updates for taxi operators and drivers

Wyre council update 30.03.20

It is important to take advice and guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and Government websites and not from social media. In line with the advice from Public Health England, Wyre council is providing the following guidance to licensed drivers to help prevent the transmission of Coronavirus. Drivers should follow these simple and sensible steps at all times:

  • Carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes
  • Dispose of used tissues in the bin as soon as possible
  • Wash hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel to kill germs
  • Clean surfaces regularly with sanitising wipes or spray
  • Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds in accordance with NHS guidelines
  • Regularly clean card payment devices, seatbelt buckles, door handles and other surfaces that customers may touch.
  • Where a vehicle is shared, regularly clean the steering wheel and instruments.

Department For Transport update – 25.03.20

Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work. But the advice is absolutely clear - people should stay at home if possible. That is the way to save lives and protect our NHS. The public should avoid travel unless absolutely essential. The only reasons to leave our houses are set out in the government guidance. Clearly if absolutely necessary to travel by taxi or private hire vehicle, best efforts should be used to follow the guidance as far as is practically possible, including washing your hands as soon as you get home.

Critical Worker Status

Taxi and private hire drivers should not generally be considered critical workers. Those undertaking home to school transport or the transport of ‘extremely vulnerable’ people may be considered critical workers on a case-by-case basis. Critical workers should also whenever possible make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home; requests for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.

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