Addison Lee prepares for second COVID lockdown by introducing safety screens to entire fleet

Private hire operator Addison Lee has introduced TfL approved safety screens across its entire fleet of Ford Galaxy and VW Sharan vehicles.

The move comes as Addison Lee readies itself to operate through a second lockdown. Addison Lee is one of London’s biggest operators, carrying nearly 7 million passengers across the capital every year in its 4,000 strong fleet, none more than 3 years old.

The installed screens have been tested to meet all Transport for London’s (TfL) Private Hire Regulations and are being fitted by qualified technicians.

The introduction of screens across the entire MPV fleet is the most recent measure taken by Addison Lee as part of its Safer Journey Initiative. This has also seen Addison Lee providing drivers with personal protective equipment; undertaking regular electrostatic disinfection of vehicles and facilitating social distancing using the rear seats of its seven-seater vehicles.

Liam Griffin, CEO of Addison Lee, said: “Right from the start of the pandemic, Addison Lee has led the industry in safety and hygiene and prioritised the health of drivers and passengers. We have invested hundreds of thousands of pounds to design, test, manufacture and install safety screens across our entire Ford Galaxy and VW Sharan fleet. No other PHV provider can offer their passengers or drivers such a level of protection.

“Over the summer the industry has been plagued by negative stories about safety, with some companies allowing unlicensed and uninsured journeys to take place. Passenger and driver safety are core to our business, and we are proud to introduce another industry leading safety initiative.”

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