Shetland Council advises taxi drivers to ask passengers if their journeys are essential

Shetland Islands Council have said passengers getting into taxi and private hire vehicles will be quizzed as to whether the journey they are about to make falls into the ‘essential travel’ category.

Government COVID-19 guidelines clearly state that the public should only travel if it’s absolutely necessary, and now Shetland Islands Council are taking extra measures to make sure members of the public obey this advice.

A spokesperson for the council said: “During the current coronavirus pandemic, passengers in local taxis and public hire vehicles should expect to be asked if their journey is essential.

“The UK Government has ordered many businesses and venues to close, with certain exceptions. Travel to work is allowed, but only where individuals cannot work from home.

”Taxis and private hire vehicles can continue to work, to provide transport for workers who cannot work from home, and for those in critical services, such as healthcare, key public services and utilities.

“The advice is clear: everyone should stay at home, and only go outside for food, health reasons or work - only if you cannot work from home.”

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