ADVICE ISSUED TO EVERYONE CATCHING A TAXI DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and want to make sure our passengers and drivers are aware of the best ways to protect themselves and each other when travelling. We would also like to reassure passengers that all our drivers have been advised to closely follow the HSE guidelines.
ADVICE TO TAXI DRIVERS:
You do not need to wear a mask if you are healthy, but you can do so if you wish; HSE recommends cloth face coverings
You should employ extra cleaning practices at the end of each journey, as part of good hygiene practice. Including the sanitisation of:
Seats, door handles and window controls, seatbelts and buckles.
Avoid using the recirculated air option of the vehicle ventilation during passenger transport; use the vents to bring in fresh air from outside, and/or lower the cars windows
Avoid close contact with passengers when possible, consider asking passengers to handle their own personal belongings during pick-up and drop-off
In the event of a passenger sneezing or coughing, surfaces should be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant wipes to minimise the potential spread of infection as soon as possible
Never work if you have new symptoms, such as a continuous cough or high temperature
ADVICE TO TAXI PASSENGERS:
- Any members of the general public who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should refrain from booking a taxi. Do not put others at risk and do not travel if you suspect you have any symptoms
- Avoid direct contact with the driver, HSE suggests sitting in the rear of the vehicle
- Practice good cough/sneeze hygiene, and hand hygiene:
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hand) when coughing and sneezing and discard used tissue into a bin.
wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an approved hand sanitiser.
- Where possible, all customers should load and unload their own luggage.
- If the customer is unable to do so, drivers can wipe the handles before and after lifting the luggage into the vehicle.
- Pay by card where possible.
While coronavirus is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms like fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely to be suffering from the common cold or another respiratory illness – not coronavirus.