Skip navigation

Gloucestershire Business News

Council helps keep taxi drivers safe in pandemic

Cheltenham Borough Council is offering grants to taxi and private hire drivers who need to install partition screens in line with coronavirus guidelines.

The council, which adopted a policy allowing the screens in July, will fund up to 50 per cent of the cost.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: "As the number of cases rise, the authority is doing everything it can to play it part in fighting the spread of the virus.

"Taxis and private hire vehicles put drivers and passengers in close contact with each other.

"Partition screens are a way in which the spread of the virus can be reduced in such confined spaces."

He continued: "While some licensed drivers have already installed these screens in their vehicles, many have not done so yet.

"In order to incentivise more drivers, the council is making small grants available to help cover the cost of installing these screens that will give drivers physical protection against the virus in their workplace, provide protection for passengers, and more generally, give public confidence and assurance."

Related Articles

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Wednesday, January 20 Image

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: The latest news from across Gloucestershire on Wednesday, January 20

The latest important news and updates from across Gloucestershire as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Engineering firm moves into new Cheltenham facility Image

Engineering firm moves into new Cheltenham facility

Steam solutions specialist TLV Euro Engineering has expanded its UK operations with the opening of a new 6,000 square feet warehousing facility in Cheltenham.

Forest Green sharing taste of matchday with Ocado link Image

Forest Green sharing taste of matchday with Ocado link

Fans may not be able to watch football at Forest Green Rovers but they are able to tuck into matchday food after the world's first vegan club joined forces with Ocado.

Chocks away as Gloucester housebuilder's latest development prepares for take off Image

Chocks away as Gloucester housebuilder's latest development prepares for take off

For aircraft enthusiasts, Court de Wyck is the perfect place to secure a new home in a location forever associated with a bygone era of British excellence in the air.

Copyright 2021 Moose Partnership Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any content is strictly forbidden without prior permission.