Japanese automaker Toyota recently announced the launch of their temporary safety partitions, available for installation in many models including the Prius which is particularly popular among private hire drivers.
The partitions have been approved by the capital’s transport regulator, Transport for London (TfL) and available for installation at a number of Toyota dealerships.
Private hire drivers in the capital have begun installing the partitions, allowing for a first look at the design and fit.
With its Toyota emblem and small door-like section for handing items through, the screens turn the 4 seater Prius private hire vehicle into a 3 seater.
TfL said they have received a large number of applications from private hire operators, individual private hire drivers and some suppliers of partitions. As the capital's taxi and private hire licensing authority, TfL have a role to ensure the installation of any such screens, and the materials used, comply with government and industry regulations and their requirements.
TfL said: "We are pleased to inform you that Toyota is now manufacturing temporary partition screens that are suitable for a variety of Toyota vehicle models.
"Drivers/vehicle owners or PHV operators will be able to arrange installation at local Toyota dealerships. Please contact your local Toyota dealership for more information."
The current temporary partition screens are available for the following Toyota models:
Toyota Corolla (Hatchback; Estate and Sedan models) (January 2019 onwards)
Toyota Auris (May 2015 onwards)
Toyota C-HR (2016 onwards)
Toyota Prius (2010 onwards)
Toyota Prius Plug-in (September 2016 onwards)
Toyota Camry (September 2017 onwards)
Toyota Camry (April 2018 onwards)
Lexus UX (October 2018 onwards).