"We have looked at how long it takes somebody to walk from Aintree to Speke and it would take three hours each way. By bike this would add two hours to what can already be a long day."
The government announcement urging people to get back to the workplace has prompted a Liverpool-based taxi firm to launch a safe staff transport service.
Boris Johnston has urged workers to avoid public transport but many face adding hours to their day if they walk or bike instead. Liverpool’s largest taxi firm has launched a transport service to get employees to work without the need for public transport. ComCab still has a strong and robust fleet of drivers still on the road and claims that black cabs have been the safest form of transport since day one of the pandemic.
Claire Langrell, Sales Manager of ComCab Liverpool, says:
“Many employees who were previously commuting don’t have cars. We’ve looked at how long it takes somebody to walk from Aintree to Speke and it would take three hours each way. By bike this would add two hours to what can already be a long day.”
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, the firm has seen an instant spike in enquiries. These have come from Human Resources teams trying to work out how to make sure their staff can get to work safely alongside making adjustments in the workplace. Claire adds:
“We have been working with the council and local ambulance service for many years helping to move passengers around the region. During the pandemic we were asked to do the same for a number of firms and have now geared up by adding the capability to establish same day account facilities and publishing Covid-19 guidelines for employees using the service. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday we have had enquiries from firms in the construction and manufacturing sectors. They see the benefit of staff being separated from drivers by a screen, making black cab far safer than train or bus.”
As part of the service, ComCab will issue firms with a set of guidelines for staff. The document outlines measures employees are expected to take such as washing their hands before embarking, where to sit and keeping the windows open for ventilation wherever possible. All drivers have also been through a thorough briefing and been issued with cleaning materials.
Black cabs are equipped with a partition between driver and passenger, making social distancing de facto. Vehicles have separate air conditioning for driver and passenger compartments. An integral part of Hackney cab design is that they are easily cleaned down between each fare.