COVD-19 Guidance has been provided on the Government website, the following is a summary of what is available and other relevant updates.
Guidance for staff in the transport sector
The Department for Transport and Public Health England has issued guidance to transport sector workers.
Social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19): sector guidance
We are aware that the taxis and PHV trade are undertaking delivery work – please see the section on ‘Deliveries’ as well as ‘Transport businesses’. Measures contained in the section on ‘Use of private vehicles and car pooling’ would apply to the taxi and private hire vehicle sector e.g. maintain good ventilation.
Insurance for undertaking deliveries
Association of British Insurers (ABI) motor insurance members have committed to support taxi and private hire drivers seeking alternative sources of income: licenced taxi or private hire drivers that had hire or reward insurance in place, as of 8 March, will not need to contact their insurer to extend their your existing cover while driving this vehicle to carry parcels, medical supplies, household goods, groceries or takeaway meals during the Covid-19 restrictions.
The ABI’s commitment will be in place until the end of the Covid-19 restrictions, or until 31 July 2020, whichever is sooner
The UK does not currently advise use of face masks outside of care settings, in line with PPE guidance.
Cleaning of non-healthcare settings
Public Health England have provided guidance on the cleaning of non-healthcare settings.
It will remain a matter for licensing authorities whether to issue or renew a taxi or private hire vehicle driver licence. We aware of the current difficulties in obtaining medical examination reports, such as those used for the Group 2 HGV and bus driver entitlements that many taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities base their assessments on. As part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the we are reviewing the position on Group 2 medical assessments.
Offers of assistance from the trade
We have received many offers of assistance from the trade, to co-ordinate the offers and assistance needed we are requesting that all offers of services be directed to the Government website, this will help us to ensure all such offers are received by the correct team leading on a particular issue and responded to quickly.