How to be Safe when becoming a Taxi Driver during a Pandemic

Whether you’re an established taxi driver or you’re thinking of becoming one, you’ll no doubt have your concerns about your own health and safety as well as your passengers during the ongoing pandemic. The need for taxis is set to continue to rise over the next few months, if not well into next year, as people shun public transport

As we transition into autumn and winter the cases of Covid are estimated to rise again, so it’s important we all start taking extra precautions now. And we’ve put together some tips to help keep you safe. By following as many of these as possible, you’ll be promoting a safe space for you and your passengers.

  1. Hand hygiene – Before and after your shift ensure you thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with a soap that lathers. During your shift use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser between each passenger, and after every time you touch a surface. 

Make hand sanitiser’s available for your passengers too and ask them to use it before touching the seatbelts or interior of the cab. 

  1. Wear a mask – Whilst it’s not a requirement for drivers to wear a mask, it demonstrates to your passengers that you’re taking into consideration their health. As well as setting an example for passengers to wear theirs whilst inside your taxi. It’s worth investing in reusable washable ones – not only will you save money, but you’ll be helping to reduce the waste. 
  2. Use your phone – Use your driver app to phone/text passengers to let them know you’ve arrived rather that calling to their door. Whether you’re taking your elderly passengers to a hospital appointment, or you’re driving a couple to dinner – keeping your distance will keep both you and them safe.
  3. Avoid handling bags – If your passenger is travelling with lots of bags and other goods, if possible, ask them to place them in the boot. Obviously if your passenger is unable to do so ask them to get into the car whilst you load up their bags. Once the bags are safely stowed sanitise your hands before you touch any other surfaces – especially your face. 
  4. Upgrade your cab – Ensure your taxi is in good working order by upgrading your current wheels with the help of Cab Direct. Maintaining your car is of the utmost importance to limit the time off the road due to repairs. 

Follow government guidelines – As the Covid crisis continues the government and local authorities are constantly changing and amending their advice, so it’s always worth keeping up-to-date with the latest advice.

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