Information on this page was correct at the time of publishing 5 June 2020.
The Government has published transport guidance on the safe provision of transport services during the Covid-19 pandemic. There are separate guidance documents for transport providers and for passengers. Both guidance documents cover all modes.
The guidance sets out government recommendations on who should be travelling and under what circumstances, and how social distancing rules should be interpreted.It also includes information about cleaning practices.
Licensing Services has also produced a basic guide for Taxi drivers and operators during Covid-19.
There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure.
The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas.
We are advising passengers if they can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn't possible, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, such as when travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle.
A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.
Wearing a face covering is optional and is not required by the law.
If you choose to wear one, it is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off. Use the guidance on face coverings to understand how to wear and make a face coverings.
Other measures such as changing habits, social distancing, screens, cleaning and hygiene are also suggested in the guidance.
The installation of protective barriers is a decision for private hire vehicle operators and firm or individual operating the vehicle to make based on their own assessment of risk. ]
You may also wish to consider:
It is the Council's position that the decision to install a temporary safety screen during the current pandemic is a matter for vehicle owners, drivers and operators;
Where possible you should ascertain that the product is compliant with any industry regulations such as the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations and obtain evidence that the product has been tested to relevant EU standards
Any screens fitted must:
Operators should inform insurers about the intention to fit such a device and ensure their insurance will not be invalidated as a result.
Taxi and private hire vehicle drivers are advised to make an assessment of risk as outlined in the transport operator guidance published on 12 May.
The acceptance of a booking request by a private hire vehicle operator is a decision made based on the operator's own assessment of risk. Any requirements for face coverings should be made clear to the passenger before the operator accepts the booking.
Taxi drivers can use this assessment to determine whether or not it is reasonable to admit a passenger who is not wearing a face covering, considering other mitigation's they put in place from their risk assessment.
This does not however absolve them of their duties under the Equality Act 2010.
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 make suitable arrangements for their children to stay at home where it is safe for them to do so; the need for children to attend school should be discussed with the school.
Yes, but individuals should not use taxis or private hire vehicle if:
Taxi and private hire vehicle drivers are still under the same obligation to provide reasonable assistance and make reasonable adjustments for disabled passengers.
The guidance includes advice on measures that workers and passengers can take when it is not possible to maintain the recommended social distance.
There will be no face to face appointments for the foreseeable future.
Therefore you will be asked to complete Offence and Medical declarations and your Licence will most likely be extended. This procedure will remain in place until normal services can be resumed.
The Council is not accepting any new applications during the Covid-19 emergency.
Anybody wanting to apply should contact Antrec Limited on 0333 023 7450 to enrol for the next Induction Course and your name will be held on a waiting list.