Transport for London has now provided guidance that, effective from Monday 15th June, all Private Hire Drivers must wear a face covering at all times when in a private hire vehicle.
Transport for London has also advised that passengers should wear a face covering for the duration of their journey while travelling in a private hire vehicle. However, this does not apply to children under the age of three, who may have trouble using the face-covering correctly.
If a passenger is not wearing a face-covering, then a driver has the right to refuse to take them unless they have a valid TfL Face Covering Exemption Badge/Card.
If refusing a passenger for not wearing a covering, the driver must explain that they are required to wear a face-covering while travelling in a private hire vehicle.
Here are some other tips on how to stay safe while out on the road:
- Stay at home and self-isolate if you are feeling unwell. We are also advising our passengers to do the same.
- Avoid touching passengers belongings, including helping them with their luggage unless they are unable to do so.
- As always, you can refuse access to your personal property such as AUX cords to avoid touching the same surfaces as your passenger.
- Keep your vehicle as clean as possible, disinfecting areas which are touched regularly such as car keys, the steering wheel, door handles and seats.
- Wash your hands with soap and water as often as you are able to – do this for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitiser gel when you do not have access to a bathroom.
- Wash your hands and change your clothes as soon as you get back home.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose of used tissues as soon as possible and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or face with unclean hands.