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Driving COVID Safety

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

This is a new standard for licensed drivers in Cheshire West and Chester to show they take the risk of COVID-19 seriously and that the safety of their passengers is a priority.

The Council has secured funding to improve COVID safety and will support the borough's licensed drivers, including financially, to achieve the standard.

Private hire and hackney carriage drivers in the borough are currently being invited to sign up to the initiative. Successful drivers will display a Driving COVID Safety sticker in their vehicle to show passengers that they are taking steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

What is involved?

To achieve the standard, licensed hackney and private hire vehicle drivers must agree to meet a series of criteria:

Support from the Council

The Council has secured funding to go towards COVID safety and will support the borough's licensed drivers in the following ways:

  • All participating drivers will be awarded £180 to help them meet the standard and cover the cost of materials.
  • All participating drivers will receive a Driving COVID Safety certificate and sticker to display in their vehicles to show their commitment to meeting the standard and reducing the spread of the virus.
  • Installation of new COVID-safe screens in vehicles will be funded by the Council.
  • Any screens fitted independently will be inspected and, if they do not meet the specification and funding allows, the cost of a replacement screen will be covered by the Council.
  • If a screen fitted independently does meet the specification, the Council will seek to reimburse drivers as funding allows and on a case-by-case basis.

Sign up

You can sign up by emailing the Driving COVID Safety team: