Minicab Drivers Demand More COVID-19 Protection
London’s 110,000 minicab drivers are allowed to work, on the condition they are providing essential journeys, however, many are demanding Transport for London (TfL) offer them clear guidance on how to protect themselves against the coronavirus. Taxi drivers are one of the professions hit hard by the pandemic, resulting in a loss of revenue and unemployment, with some drivers taking their vehicles off the road completely to save on expenses such as private hire insurance, as well as those still working facing high risks of infection. The United Private Hire Drivers Association said TFL should urgently advise drivers how to minimise the risk of catching coronavirus, as six London minicab drivers are believed to have died from the disease. Unlike black taxis, minicabs do not have a screen that separates passengers from the driver. London mayor Sadiq Khan said: "TfL is working with the private hire vehicle industry to make sure that there aren't any unintended safety hazards by these screens being fitted in a way that's dangerous to the passenger or the driver.” James Farrar, from the United Private Hire Drivers Association, said: "If we cannot mitigate the risk if it's not possible and the science doesn't permit it, we need to be told that as well. "What we can't have is the continuation of the status quo where we're acting as if nothing has happened and drivers are dying." Drivers have said they have been left with no measures or clear guidelines to safeguard them or passengers. Helen Chapman, director of licensing, regulation and charging at TfL said: "We continue to follow the advice of government and we are meeting regularly with trade representatives throughout this pandemic to work together on the issues being faced by the industry. "We have issued regular notices with the latest advice as and when the government publishes it, along with additional information about support with mental health or financial concerns.” If you’re looking for a taxi company in Basingstoke, get in touch today.