"Black cabs still have a major role to play in moving people round the city. The statistics tell us people feel safe because of their purpose-built design."
Liverpool has opened for business, with the council making a plea for shoppers to think carefully and plan their journey.
The government has not changed its advice to minimise journeys made by public transport. The process of travel by bus and train is frustrated by the requirement to wear a mask and social distancing. That didn't stop huge queues forming in LiverpoolOne when shops threw their doors open last week for the first time in months.
Liverpool's oldest cab firm has conducted a survey and 80% of respondents have stated that the partition in a black cab makes them more comfortable.
The survey, completed by more than 200 local residents, uncovered attitudes towards travel during the pandemic. Respondents were quizzed on how they will change behaviour when pubs and cafes open.
Only a quarter of people will use public transport to get to their favourite venue when it opens. Whilst many will walk or bike, another quarter will drive and not drink. The majority of the remainder - nearly one third - said they felt comfortable using a black cab because of the partition between the driver and passenger. One in five wrongly thought taxi drivers had stopped working 24 hours a day and overall 30% of people say that travelling doesn't feel safe.
The survey was conducted by Liverpool-based firm ComCab. It also reveals that bars and cafes being shut is actually frustrating people more than workplace disruption and schools not being fully operational. People were most looking forward to their hairdresser, salon or barbers opening up.
When it comes to shopping ten percent admitted said they are happy to go just to browse, but nearly fifty percent had not ade their minds up about future shopping habits. A small number say they plan to stay put at home whilst one in three claim they will go out only when essential. Only one in ten found social distancing inconvenient. The majority of respondents were looking forward to salons opening more than their favourite pub.
Claire Langrell from the taxi company says:
"Only ten percent of people cited social distancing as being inconvenient. Black cabs still have a major role to play in moving people round the city. The statistics tell us people feel safe because of their purpose-built design."
Liverpool city council has launched a campaign asking shoppers to be kind, be patient, be responsible and be safe.