Updated: Jul 3, 2020
With many pubs and bars due to re-open on Saturday 4 July, people in North West Leicestershire are being reminded that licensed taxis offer a safe way home from a night out.
The licensing team at North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has been working closely with taxi firms to ensure vehicles are Covid-safe and drivers are aware of best industry practice so they can provide safe journeys to customers.
The re-opening of the night-time economy will be a welcome boost to taxi drivers and it’s important the industry is supported. Those using taxis are being reminded:
Always pre-book journeys
The front seat in some taxis may not be in use so please check when you book how many passengers the taxi can take
Pay with card where possible to reduce the need to handle cash
Wash your hands before and after your trip – or carry hand sanitiser with you
Consider wearing a face covering
Respect your driver.
Pub-goers are also being reminded that drink-driving remains as unacceptable and as illegal as ever.
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “Lockdown has been a tough time for many businesses and industries, including taxi firms, and they now need our support as we return to a new normal.
“We’re asking people to be responsible and sensible when using pubs – now is not the time for drinking so much that you lose control. But we understand people will want to go out for a few drinks and using taxis to get home is one of the safest choices you can make.
“Please be respectful of the safety measures taxi drivers have put in place and always remember to pre-book with a licensed firm.
“If you are planning to go out to pubs or bars in the coming weeks, enjoy yourselves and thank you for supporting local businesses in a responsible way.”