On 26 March Autocab launched their campaign urging supermarkets to take advantage of the thousands of taxi drivers who have been left with little or no work due to the coronavirus outbreak.
These drivers are ready and willing to be out there making home deliveries on behalf of UK supermarkets.
Through their iGo network, the company can provide supermarkets with instant access to more than 80,000 drivers across the UK, who could all potentially be making deliveries.
Despite being told to stay at home, it’s proving increasingly difficult for people to secure home delivery slots. But this is one way to avoid the public venturing out.
There’s also the added benefit of local taxis being able to make quick trips as they know their local areas so well. As they don’t need to wait for multiple orders to be loaded onto vans they can also offer a much more on-demand service.
“We completely understand and empathise with the strain that supermarkets are under”, says Safa Alkateb, CEO of Autocab. “Over the past week we have seen them go on a huge recruitment drive to get more staff in-stores.
“By collaborating with taxi companies, however, they can gain access to even more re-source, and very quickly.
“We are all in this together and there are taxi drivers all over the UK ready to help.”
The technology that provides the option for online customers to use taxi drivers is already available and is proven – it has been trialled by Co-op – so it can be up and running quickly.
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With the UK under a coronavirus lockdown, all but essential travel should be avoided.
People have been urged to remain in their homes unless they're exercising, buying essential supplies, helping a vulnerable person or going to work (in cases where their job cannot be done from home).
If you need to make an essential journey - for example if you're delivering supplies to a vulnerable person, or a key worker who needs to travel to work - you may still be able to take a taxi.
Taxi drivers have been classed as non-critical workers with exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
Different taxi companies will have different policies, but many are still operating during the coronavirus lockdown.
You should not travel unless strictly necessary, and you should definitely not take a taxi if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
If it is vital that you travel, you should take precautions to protect yourself and your driver.
You should sit in the back of the car to maximise social distancing.
You should try not to have any physical contact with your driver - don't pay cash if possible, and if you have luggage, you should try to lift it in and out of the car yourself.
Some taxi companies may have antibacterial wipes so you can clean the seatbelt and door handles after touching them.
If in doubt, call the taxi company before you travel to clarify whether they have any rules.
Every year, private hire drivers often have to pay £150+ to an accountant to complete their tax return. Let’s be honest, we would all like to avoid this if we could. There is a way drivers can complete their accounting affordably for only £40, with no hidden fees! The solution is using an easy and secure HMRC recognised app called ClickTo.Tax, available online at clicktotax.com. You can use it on your mobile or computer.
It’s very easy to do and the entire process can be completed in as little as 5 minutes. To get started, from 6 April create a free account online on the ClickTo.Tax website. Once registered, you simply complete a straightforward form where you provide your income and expenses such as running costs (fuel, insurance, servicing, MOT etc), license costs, and much more. This all helps to ensure your tax bill is as small as possible. If you need any help, the friendly team are available via live chat, contact form or email.
After completing the form, you will be given your tax calculation, if you’re happy with this you can then go ahead with the £40 payment. Once the payment has been made, ClickTo.Tax will electronically submit the tax return directly to HMRC – no stress or worries. It’s literally click to tax.
A Liverpool-based company is giving shoppers the chance to get their food delivered without ever leaving the house.
While the UK remains on lockdown , more and more people are struggling to leave their homes to head to the shops meaning they're relying on supermarket delivery systems or family members and friends.
Alpha Taxis, which has hubs in Childwall and Liverpool city centre, recently installed protective screens inside all vehicles and lowered prices as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
Now, the company has revealed its drivers will visit stores for customers to collect pre-ordered shopping and deliver it straight to your door, contact-free.
All you need to do is input your address into the Alpha Taxi app, along with a receipt number for your pre-ordered shopping - the driver will then visit the store to collect your items before delivering to your door.
Payment is taken via card to keep social distancing measures in place.
You can download the Alpha Taxis app in your app store or visit the website at alpha-taxis.co.uk for more information.
Respects were paid to Craig Steadman, who died of cancer aged just 37, at his funeral service on Tuesday (March 24).
Coronavirus lockdown restrictions meant the popular local dad’s send off could not be attended by all who would have liked to.
But his fellow taxi drivers joined his family for his last journey, along with a police escort for Craig, a former special officer.
Led by Scottish drummer Marc Charlton from Eastbourne Scottish Pipe Band, the vehicles made their way along the seafront before arriving at the crematorium.
There a guard of honour from Sussex Police greeted them.
Family friend Don McPhee said, “It was an emotional but beautiful day, and when things return to normal, the biggest party will take place to honour Craig’s life.
“He so sadly passed away aged 37, leaving his partner Dawn, two year old son Reagan, mum Kathy, dad George and sisters Samantha and Kerry.”