Nottingham City Council have said that they will permit the installation of temporary partition screens in private hire cars in an attempt to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
The council’s licensing department have said they are happy to work with the trade about their concerns, assisting where possible to mitigate the risks to driver and passenger.
In response to requests from the trade asking if it is acceptable to install a screen in between the rear passenger compartment and the driver, the council agreed to permit the installation alongside these conditions:
All screens -
Must not be permanently installed in the vehicle;
Must not have a solid frame to the screen;
Must only be fitted by way of fastenings that can be removed from the vehicle when the screens are no longer permitted.
Must be fitted in such a way so as not to affect the structural integrity of the vehicle, or interfere with any manufacturer fitted safety equipment e.g. air bags;
Must not wrap around the driver seat and create a partition between the two front seats, in addition to the rear seating area.
Must be from a recognised supplier.
In addition, the council said: “The film/sheet used MUST be clear and transparent and can ONLY by fitted across the rear of both front seats, creating a partition between the front and rear seating area of the vehicle.”