They are implementing infection control and risk assessment training for taxi and private hire drivers; and those drivers that meet the strict standards will then be eligible for a grant to install a safety screen.
People can feel more confident taking a taxi or minicab in Watford thanks to a new confidence mark developed by Watford Borough Council. The mark is a sign that the car’s driver has gained safety accreditation through completing a tailored programme of support specifically designed to get the trade back to work as the COVID-19 lockdown eases.
As part of the programme, and to qualify for the confidence mark, all Watford based licence holders receive specialist infection control and risk assessment training and, for those who meet the strict standards required, the council is making a grant available for the installation of a passenger safety screen. Once drivers have successfully completed the programme, they will be awarded the mark to display in their vehicles as a clear sign to customers they can use the taxi or minicab with confidence.
The council scheme will see drivers complete a tailored programme of support specifically designed to get the trade back to work as lockdown eases.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: "The council wants to make sure people can feel confident when taking a taxi and minicab that as much as possible has been done by the driver to keep them safe and reduce the spread of the virus."
Shafiq Ahmed, Chair of the Watford Hackney Carriage Association said “We are really pleased to be working with the council on helping Watford’s drivers get back to work. The programme of training and the grant are a real boost after what has been a very difficult time for the trade. We want to be a key part of providing the safest transport services in the town and I am very proud of the partnership work that has put together this package of support.”