Taxi operators provide an essential service to the public and under current government guidelines can continue to operate. The Prime Minister said that the new restrictions could be in place for “perhaps six months” and warned those listening in the House of Commons there would be no complacency. Quite simply, you have to wear the likes of a face mask if travelling in a taxi in Wales. New asymptomatic COVID testing will target taxi drivers and others unable to work from home, London taxi drivers CAN make claims for local discretionary support grants says LTDA, NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE RELEASED: Taxi drivers CAN continue working during national COVID lockdown, 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New LEVC VN5 wins best medium EV van of the year at Company Car and Van awards, Amazon acquired Zoox reveals autonomous 75mph robotaxi vehicle designed for urban cities, Electric taxi manufacturers LEVC announce entrance into Hungarian market, 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Liberal Democrat MP says it's an "outrage" that taxi drivers have been excluded from support, Taxi and private hire representatives join in calls for priority COVID vaccinations for drivers, 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Taxi drivers NOT legally required to wear face masks despite new rules mandating passenger usage. The term is also used to describe the protection people wear to limit dust and spray exposure in industrial workplaces. They don't wear masks. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to wear a face covering while in their workplace, but are urged to wear face masks where possible. Workers in retail and hospitality and passengers in taxis are to be required to wear face-coverings, prime minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons. Relevant exemptions will continue to apply for those with health, disability, or other reasons in line with the current face coverings on public transport regulations. The City of Toronto mandatory mask or face covering bylaw does not apply to private transportation. Now, the South African National Taxi Council is trying to do something about it. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. No ride': Uber will require drivers and passengers to wear face masks indefinitely. They are encouraging commuters to report drivers who are not adhering to the regulations. The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in … Face-coverings mandatory in cabs from Thursday and for shop and pub workers from Monday, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Taxi drivers will NOT be liable for passengers failing to wear masks, says Liverpool City Council Image credit: Ross Campbell Liverpool City Council have confirmed that taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will not be liable of an offence should they carry a passenger not wearing a face mask. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Taxi drivers should use their discretion, says St Helens Council ST HELENS Council says those with exemptions do not have to wear face coverings while travelling in taxis as some drivers expressed confusion after being presented with 'No Mask No Ride' stickers for their vehicles. if we fail to act together now, we not only put others at risk but jeopardise our own futures with the more drastic action that we will inevitably be forced to take.”. Taxi drivers should be required to wear masks Jun 28, 2020 Jun 28, 2020 ... My only transportation to medical appointments is through Bay Cities or Deluxe Taxi. According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to wear a face covering while in their workplace, but are urged to wear face masks where possible. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in passenger facing roles. "To me it seems to be absolutely illogical that only a driver needs to wear a facemask," John Hart, executive director of the NZ Taxi Federation, told Newshub. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. In Scotland, you must wear a face covering if you are travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle. So the drivers must make sure everyone who enters their transport has a mask. And face coverings will be obligatory for shop assistants and workers in pubs, restaurants and cafes from Monday. On public transport, face masks or coverings have been compulsory since June 15 and from July 24 this will also apply to shops and supermarkets. Whilst it is not mandatory for drivers to wear a face cover, taxi and private hire drivers are advised they should wear a face covering and should also require their customers to do so at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle. Mr Johnson said that unless the UK makes significant progress in its fight against coronavirus, the restrictions will remain in place “for perhaps six months”. Now, the South African National Taxi Council is trying to do something about it. The penalty for failing to cover your face will be doubled to £200, said Mr Johnson. Creative Common image licenses displayed where applicable. Passengers must wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers from 11.59pm on August 30. The government guidance says: “Supplies of PPE, including face masks, must continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care … For taxi and private hire passengers, tomorrow will see the use of face coverings mandated. This means drivers, such as taxi drivers, who are separated by a screen in the car don't have to wear one. Other new measures announced include hospitality businesses closing at 10pm and weddings further limited to a maximum of 15 people. 24 September 2020 - Update for Taxi Drivers on Face Masks Update for Taxi Drivers Following the Prime Ministers announcement on 22 September 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) laid a Statutory Instrument in both Houses of Parliament to mandate the wearing of face coverings in taxis and private hire … Taxi drivers urged to wear masks There have been numerous reports of taxi drivers and commuters not complying with COVID-19 protocols. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Shafaq News / Decisions that oblige drivers of public and private transport vehicles and passengers to wear masks will be activated from tomorrow, According to what the General Traffic Department in E Are you sure you want to delete this comment? If you don’t, the driver is entitled to turn you away. Johnson said: “After six months of restrictions, it would be tempting to hope the threat has faded and seek comfort in the belief that if you have avoided the virus so far then you are somehow immune. Many taxi drivers and commuters are not complying with Covid-19 protocols. A spokesman from Transport for Greater Manchester said: "Public transport drivers are exempt from wearing face coverings under DfT guidance as it can affect their ability to drive. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. SANTACO says that drivers and assistants found without a mask on a trip will be fined. The law states you don't need to wear a seat belt if you're "a licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers". Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. It must be a collective responsibility to ensure that everyone does wear a mask. Face masks are required in almost all indoor public spaces that remain open, both for staff and customers. 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