FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY FOR PASSENGERS BUT NOT DRIVERS IN TAXIS AND PRIVATE HIRE VEHICLES IN ENGLAND FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT ...
Taxi and private hire passengers will be required by law to wear a face covering from midnight tonight.
The penalty for failing to cover your face will be doubled from £100 to £200.
Department for Transport have just confirmed that taxi and private hire drivers hire DO NOT have to wear a facemask.
However we recommend that you do wear one when passengers are in your vehicle.
We know there is conflicting information being reported by various news channels but PHTM has spoken to the Department of Transport today and this is what they have said although we are waiting for written confirmation:
1. All passengers travelling in a taxi or private hire vehicle MUST wear face coverings – this is mandatory
2. Taxi & private hire drivers DO NOT have to wear a face covering –
but PHTM recommends that drivers should wear a face covering when they have passengers in their vehicles
1. The responsibility lies with the passengers to wear a face covering , drivers can only ask or remind, they cannot insist
2. If the driver has asked, and the passenger refuses, then the passenger will be liable for the fine
3. There is no legal right to “insist” on seeing proof of exemption as it stands right now
4. Drivers CAN refuse to take passengers who don’t wear a face cover as this would fall under “any reasonable cause” for refusal
1. Be vigilante with your hand washing
2. Clean your vehicle after every job
3. Take contactless card payments
4. Try not to handle cash
5. Do not let passenger sit in the front seat
6. Keep your window open a little