Councillor praises taxi drivers for providing ‘essential service to citizens of Nottingham’

Taxi drivers have been praised for providing an “essential service to citizens of Nottingham“ in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nottingham City Council’s (NCC) Toby Neil released a message to the city’s cabbies expressing his thanks to an industry at what was described as “a very demanding time”.

Work across the UK has dropped to rock bottom levels since the well publicised implications of the COVID-19 outbreak first originating in Wuhan, China.

The council’s licensing team are currently not accepting any initial driver applications. Topography tests and safeguarding courses are also suspended until further notice. NCC are however continuing to take taxi driver renewal applications, but urge those that are feeling ill to not attend.

Taxi drivers can still access medical appointments at Medigold. They are not planning to close their service at this stage. They will keep Taxi Licensing updated if this changes.

Toby Neal, Labour Councillor for Berridge, said in his message to the taxi drivers of Nottingham: “I want to thank you for all your hard work and service you are providing to Nottingham citizens in what is a very demanding time. I am really impressed to see the great work day-to-day helping customers travel around the city.

“I would like to emphasise the importance of sanitising vehicles throughout the day to reduce risk of infection.

“I send you my very best wishes and recognise you all provide an essential service to citizens of Nottingham who rely on you for safe transport.“

Image credit: Ross Campbell

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