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Association Pushing For Drivers To Receive Vaccine

The Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association (LTDA) is pushing for taxi drivers and chauffeurs to be among the first groups to receive the vaccines for COVID-19.

As the first batches of one of the vaccines arrive in the UK, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that private hire drivers were at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, according to Taxi Point.

Earlier in the year, ONS analysed all 4,761 deaths from COVID-19 in the UK between 9 March and 25 May, to find 134 were taxi drivers or chauffeurs, which equates to 65.3 deaths per 100,000.

Now the LDTA wants to include drivers and chauffeurs in the first groups to receive the vaccine, as part of an ongoing move to promote the safe travel and precautions taken by private hire drivers

Steve McNamara, General Secretary of the LTDA, said: "We are launching a COVID Secure Cab promise which highlights all the extra precautions drivers are taking, and after lockdown, we will be promoting this more widely and providing stickers for members to display and content to share on social media."

He added that the LDTA was working with the Department of Transport to develop a safer travel guide for Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles, as well as ways to provide PPE and cleaning devices.

The LDTA wants to reassure passengers that taxis and chauffeur-driven vehicles are as safe as possible to encourage people to use the service over the coming months.

"We will also be pushing for transport workers including taxi drivers to be one of the groups to receive any vaccine early on," McNamara said.

We take your comfort and safety very seriously, with COVID-secure precautions implemented into all our vehicles, so you can be assured of a first-class chauffeur service in London.

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