Updated: Oct 11, 2020
As part of today’s World Mental Health Day, London’s transport regulators have recognised the ‘difficulties’ experienced by taxi and private hire drivers due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Transport for London (TfL) have reached out to thousands of taxi and minicab drivers in its latest industry communications. In the ‘notice’ TfL urge cabbies to take time to focus on their wellbeing.
This year, TfL has supported Mind’s ‘#DoOneThing for better mental health’ initiative which focuses on the steps to take to support individuals' own mental health and those around them.
The #DoOneThing campaign is about taking that first step, whether it's going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative.
TfL currently licence over 21,000 taxi drivers and 108,000 private hire drivers.
Graham Robinson, TfL Taxi and Private Hire General Manager, said: “This year has been particularly challenging in so many ways which is why it is important to take the time out and focus on your own health and wellbeing, as well as that of those around you.
“We recognise the difficulties being experienced by taxi and private hire licensees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and it is really important to be self-aware and spot any early warning signs of feeling physically or mentally unwell and to seek help and support at the earliest opportunity.”
The capital’s regulator provides a dedicated Taxi and Private Hire Health and Wellbeing webpage which lists a wide range of organisations that provide specialist support and advice on mental and physical health.