SANTACO says that drivers and assistants found without a mask on a trip will be fined. The penalty for passengers failing to wear a face covering will now be £200 for a first offence, doubling each time to a maximum fine of £6,400. Taxi drivers will NOT be liable for passengers failing to wear masks, says Liverpool City Council Image credit: Ross Campbell Liverpool City Council have confirmed that taxi and private hire vehicle drivers will not be liable of an offence should they carry a passenger not wearing a face mask. Many taxi drivers and commuters are not complying with Covid-19 protocols. The government guidance says: “Supplies of PPE, including face masks, must continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care … The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in … The law states you don't need to wear a seat belt if you're "a licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers". Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. Taxi drivers are NOT legally required to wear a face covering despite new rules mandating passenger usage, confirms the Department for Transport (DfT). Now, the South African National Taxi Council is trying to do something about it. The term is also used to describe the protection people wear to limit dust and spray exposure in industrial workplaces. The taxi company said in a press release that they are asking their drivers to wear both face masks and gloves while on duty. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Taxi operators provide an essential service to the public and under current government guidelines can continue to operate. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. "To me it seems to be absolutely illogical that only a driver needs to wear a facemask," John Hart, executive director of the NZ Taxi Federation, told Newshub. Face-coverings mandatory in cabs from Thursday and for shop and pub workers from Monday, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. “That sort of complacency could be our undoing. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Johnson said: “After six months of restrictions, it would be tempting to hope the threat has faded and seek comfort in the belief that if you have avoided the virus so far then you are somehow immune. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator will be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering, … In Northern Ireland, it is not a rule that you should wear a face covering whilst travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle. London regulators Transport for London (TfL) have stated that from Monday 15 June, taxi and private hire drivers “should” wear a face covering at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle, according to website Taxi … The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. This is in line with penalties for breaking the rule of six. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. It is strongly recommended that drivers wear a non-medical mask if physical distancing cannot be maintained, and that taxis and ride share companies develop policies regarding non-medical mask use. Mr Johnson said that unless the UK makes significant progress in its fight against coronavirus, the restrictions will remain in place “for perhaps six months”. For taxi and private hire passengers, tomorrow will see the use of face coverings mandated. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Wear a mask or face a fine – taxi associations warn drivers 'We are pleading with them to always wear their masks, sanitise and … There appears to be some confusion concerning the rules for other taxi services, such as black cabs in London. So the drivers must make sure everyone who enters their transport has a mask. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. In Scotland, you must wear a face covering if you are travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle. And face coverings will be obligatory for shop assistants and workers in pubs, restaurants and cafes from Monday. No ride': Uber will require drivers and passengers to wear face masks indefinitely. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. It must be a collective responsibility to ensure that everyone does wear a mask. There appears to be some confusion concerning the rules for other taxi services, such as black cabs in London. You should also be wearing face coverings on taxis and other private hire vehicles. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. They don't wear masks. The penalty for failing to cover your face will be doubled to £200, said Mr Johnson. London regulators Transport for London (TfL) have stated that from Monday 15 June, taxi and private hire drivers “should” wear a face covering at all times when in a taxi or private hire vehicle, according to website Taxi … Boris Johnson lists new coronavirus restrictions, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, New Covid rule on masks for shop and pub workers and taxi passengers, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Taxi bosses and associations have warned drivers to wear masks and practise good hygiene during trips. According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to wear a face covering while in their workplace, but are urged to wear face masks where possible. Quite simply, you have to wear the likes of a face mask if travelling in a taxi in Wales. A spokesman from Transport for Greater Manchester said: "Public transport drivers are exempt from wearing face coverings under DfT guidance as it can affect their ability to drive. Workers in retail and hospitality and passengers in taxis are to be required to wear face-coverings, prime minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons. Other new measures announced include hospitality businesses closing at 10pm and weddings further limited to a maximum of 15 people. If you don’t, the driver is entitled to turn you away. Coronavirus: Retail workers and taxi passengers must wear face masks under new restrictions. Auckland taxi drivers are unhappy and a bit confused why their form of public transport is not deemed one in which passengers have to wear masks… The new rules affect England, but the prime minister said he expected Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take similar steps. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. This means drivers, such as taxi drivers, who are separated by a screen in the car don't have to wear one. Also affected will be customers in pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues, who will be required to wear face coverings while moving around on the premises, but not while they are seated at tables. Face masks are required in almost all indoor public spaces that remain open, both for staff and customers. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Taxi drivers should be required to wear masks Jun 28, 2020 Jun 28, 2020 ... My only transportation to medical appointments is through Bay Cities or Deluxe Taxi. The DfT hope that the new measures, announced today by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will increase protection for drivers who are supporting key workers, vulnerable passengers and school children, particularly those with special needs. On public transport, face masks or coverings have been compulsory since June 15 and from July 24 this will also apply to shops and supermarkets. Dalvin Brown. The Department continues by advising drivers to wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain social distancing in passenger facing roles. Relevant exemptions will continue to apply for those with health, disability, or other reasons in line with the current face coverings on public transport regulations. The Prime Minister said that the new restrictions could be in place for “perhaps six months” and warned those listening in the House of Commons there would be no complacency. Passengers must wear a mask or face covering on buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxis and Ubers from 11.59pm on August 30. Creative Common image licenses displayed where applicable. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. if we fail to act together now, we not only put others at risk but jeopardise our own futures with the more drastic action that we will inevitably be forced to take.”. It’s not only the responsibility of the driver, passengers must also make sure that nobody comes into the taxi without wearing a mask. The new rule will come into effect for people riding in cabs and private-hire vehicles from Thursday. Face-coverings mandatory in cabs from Thursday and for shop and pub workers from Monday Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. Now, the South African National Taxi Council is trying to do something about it. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? The City of Toronto mandatory mask or face covering bylaw does not apply to private transportation. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior permission from the publisher is strictly prohibited. The changes formed part of a package of tightened restrictions announced by the prime minister in response to an upsurge in Covid infections across the country, also including a 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants - including takeaways - new guidance urging office workers to work from home if possible, a limit of 15 on attendance at weddings and receptions and a ban on indoor sports which involve more than six people gathering, such as five-a-side football. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. According to DfT sources, like all transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to wear a face covering while in their workplace, but are urged to wear face masks where possible. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Shafaq News / Decisions that oblige drivers of public and private transport vehicles and passengers to wear masks will be activated from tomorrow, According to what the General Traffic Department in E All written and image rights are reserved by authors displayed. They are encouraging commuters to report drivers who are not adhering to the regulations. 24 September 2020 - Update for Taxi Drivers on Face Masks Update for Taxi Drivers Following the Prime Ministers announcement on 22 September 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) laid a Statutory Instrument in both Houses of Parliament to mandate the wearing of face coverings in taxis and private hire … Taxi drivers should use their discretion, says St Helens Council ST HELENS Council says those with exemptions do not have to wear face coverings while travelling in taxis as some drivers expressed confusion after being presented with 'No Mask No Ride' stickers for their vehicles. 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