Taxi and Private Hire Trade and Masks

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 26th February 2021.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

How many fines, warnings and other sanctions have been given out to i) black cab drivers, ii) private hire vehicle drivers, by TfL Compliance Officers for not wearing a face mask since 1st April 2020?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

While the Government’s mandatory face covering regulations for public transport do not cover taxi and private hire drivers, on 15 June 2020 Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that it requires licensed taxi and private hire drivers to wear face coverings at all times whilst in their licensed vehicle (unless they are exempt).

It became mandatory for passengers using a taxi or private hire vehicle (PHV) to wear a face covering for the duration of their journey on 22 September 2020.

Between 15th June 2020 to 10th January 2021:

Note that most PHV operators have made it mandatory for drivers to wear face coverings in order to remain on their booking platform.