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2020-04-14 16:23
Minimize the risk of contamination with Covid-19 in the profession of Taxi Driver.
Passenger transport is a first-line service as it allows workers in essential services to travel to their places of work and, at the end of the day, to allow them to return home; on the other hand, it also makes it possible for those in need to access more easily the places of essential goods, such as health services, pharmacies, supermarkets, etc.
The nature of taxi services alone makes it difficult for drivers and passengers alike to maintain the recommended physical distance (at least 1.5 meters between them). This increases the risk of the taxi driver and / or its occupants being exposed to COVID-19, if any of them are infected with the virus. Drivers and customers must put into practice all the knowledge that has been transmitted to us in order to reduce the risks of exposure and, thus, to safeguard the health of both. This, while it is not possible to implement more effective measures and we have already talked about in another article.
Suppliers, drivers and passengers must apply all safety rules in order to reduce the possibility of contagion and contribute to safety at work.
Physical distance
The physical distance - the distance between people must be at least 1.5m - in Taxis, private Chauffeur vehicles and TVDE vehicles makes passenger transport a challenge! But there are measures that can / should be taken to optimize physical distance and, thus, reduce the possibility of disease transmission.
Taxi service providers and the like should consider whether their transport services can be (re) adjusted, in order to increase the distance between passengers.
Each driver will be responsible for ensuring that the physical distance is observed, as far as possible, inside the vehicle. Drivers should request passengers to:
1- sit in the rear seats;
2- handle your own luggage;
3- use, preferably contactless payments (where and when this is not possible, the driver must immediately disinfect the hands).
If physical distance measures introduce new health and safety risks, as they may affect communication, it will be up to each driver to manage that risk.
Drivers should NOT shake hands or promote any other close physical contact with passengers.
In taxi ranks, drivers must apply safety rules in relation to colleagues.
Hygiene: the best form of prevention in the taxi driver profession
The survival of COVID-19 on objects and surfaces is very variable. Environmental cleaning is an effective way to remove these viral particles.
Passenger transport inevitably involves the regular touching of objects and surfaces, by the driver and, also by passengers, throughout a shift. This means that the vehicle used for transportation must be cleaned whenever a customer changes.
Drivers should:
1- Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for your own use and available for use by passengers and use it whenever necessary (after opening and closing doors, carrying luggage, payments and if there is personal contact);
2- Clean the surfaces where the passenger (s) sat with an appropriate disinfectant;
3- Direct the air conditioning to the external air flow or, preferably, keep the windows open (healthier option);
4- Implement standard cleaning practices at the beginning and end of each shift, as part of the routines to be followed in order to carry out good hygiene practices: cleaning surfaces with disinfectant, especially the surfaces most susceptible to contact by drivers and passengers , such as: exterior and interior door handles, seats, seat belts, window buttons, payment terminals, etc.
Driver hygiene
The driver should immediately interrupt the practice of the activity if: 1- he feels bad or has symptoms compatible with COVID-19;
2- were tested for COVID-19 and await results;
3- the health authorities decree the driver's self-isolation.
The driver must respect / comply with the standards recommended by the DGS and other simple rules.
That includes:
1- cough or sneeze on the elbow or a tissue (this should be immediately thrown in the trash)
2- wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 ’’, even before and after eating and after using the toilet;
3- have alcohol-based hand sanitizer available to passengers;
4- clean and disinfect the surfaces regularly (at least twice per shift);
5 - Comply with daily hygiene (bath)
6- Maintain a safe distance between people;
7- do not spit on the floor;
8- avoid touching the face (mainly nose, mouth and eyes);
9- avoid handshakes or any other close physical contact with passengers, colleagues and acquaintances;
10- do not throw cigarette butts on the floor.

Faro Central Taxis & Chauffeur Service Team
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