Latest news and updates for people in Fenland's taxi industry
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event in modern times.
The global impact of the virus is undeniable. Despite this, it is worth remembering that viruses cannot travel great distances - they rely on a host to spread. It is possible to keep ourselves safe by following the simple guidelines set down by the Government of 'Hands, Face, Space'; keep your hands clean, wear a face covering, and maintain a social distance from others not in your household or bubble at all times.
It is however, acknowledged that there are roles people fulfil where following all of these steps is not possible all of the time, such as driving a taxi, or travelling in a taxi. For this reason, we have worked with our neighbouring district and city Councils in Cambridgeshire as well as Cambridgeshire County Council Public Health to launch a 'COVID Trained' safety scheme, where drivers can learn more about keeping both themselves and their passengers safe.
Once the training has been completed, those drivers who hold vehicle licences will be able to claim the full cost, or up to £100 (whichever is the lower amount) towards the cost of an approved COVID-19 screen for their vehicle, subject to complying with the offer's terms and conditions (details below).
To undertake the training and unlock access to funding towards an approved screen, please click on the link below. This will redirect you to a webpage on East Cambridgeshire District Council's website that hosts the online training.
Information for passengers
Part of the training involves viewing a short video which details the recommended steps a driver should take in order to promote safer travel whilst the COVID-19 risk remains present. View the passenger information video.
We have updated our requirements for Driver medicals, which are required for a new application and periodically throughout the licence. More information, and a link to the updated forms, can be found on our licensed driver page.
As a result of the UK leaving the EU, those who have been residing or working in the UK must now apply to the EU Settlement Scheme should they wish to remain. Under the government legislation, EU Citizens who were residing in the UK prior to the 1st of January 2021 will have their rights and status remain in place until the 30th of June 2021. View more information.
Our Draft Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Taxi Policy 2021-2026 is out for consultation until January 17th, 2021. If you have any comments please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To help you keep relevant Coronavirus records, we have published:
We have also published anthat must be submitted as part of a Licenced Driver application or renewal.