London minicabs shouldn’t install temporary COVID19 partitions until “update on this issue” says TfL

Private hire drivers in London should not install temporary screens or partitions to their vehicles until a further “update on this issue” says the capital’s regulator.

Transport for London (TfL) made the announcement to taxi and minicab drivers in the latest notice detailing the licensing requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In an attempt to separate themselves from passengers during journeys, some drivers around the UK have installed temporary screens in a bid to reduce the likelihood of the deadly infection.

Many saloon cars used as minicabs are unable to keep occupants at least 2 metres apart, unlike London’s purpose built black cabs which has specially designed inbuilt partitions.

Graham Robinson, TfL Taxi and Private Hire Interim General Manager, said:

“We have been approached by a number of private hire operators and drivers regarding the use of temporary screens / partitions in private hire vehicles.

“Anything that helps to protect passengers and private hire drivers from the spread of coronavirus is welcomed but it is important that we ensure that the installation of any aftermarket equipment is safe and doesn’t cause any unintended safety hazards.

“We are working through these requests as quickly as possible. We will issue an update on this issue as soon as practically possible, but in the meantime please do not install these in vehicles.”

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