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Temporary Protective Screens due to Covid-19

Temporary Protective Screens- Covid 19

In light of the COVID-19 virus and the impact it is having on the hackney carriage and private hire trade, Gedling Borough Council Licensing Service is working with the taxi trade to enable taxi drivers who choose to work, to continue working throughout the outbreak and have been assisting where possible to mitigate the risks to driver and passenger of inadvertently contracting the virus.

In response to requests from the taxi trade, asking if it is acceptable to install a protective screen in between the rear passenger compartment and the driver, The Council’s Licensing Authority does not object to the installation of protective screens, as a temporary measure whilst social distancing guidance is in place. It will be a decision for the individual driver or operator as to whether screens should be installed, however any such installation must be carried out with care to ensure that there is no impact on any other safety systems in the vehicle such as seatbelts or airbags.

If a protective screen is being installed, consideration should be given to the following:

  • The product to be installed should be compliant with government, industry and EU regulations and standards.
  • The product should be installed by a professional in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • The product should be fitted in such a way so as not to affect the structural integrity of the vehicle, or interfere with any manufacturer fitted safety equipment e.g. air bags;
  • The screens must not impede the driver’s vision, movement, or communication with passengers, or the driver or passenger’s access to or egress from the vehicle.
  • Insurers should be notified of any modification to the vehicle to ensure that insurance cover remains valid.
  • Any screen should be clear and transparent.

The Licensing team is aware that there are a number of protective screen options on the market which are not expensive to purchase. These when fitted, may give peace of mind to the driver and customer alike during this health crisis.