Taxis set to resume service adhering to COVID-19 protocol
Thrissur: The taxi drivers here are getting ready to resume services after struggling without work for the last four months due to COVID-19.
They are busy arranging driver's cabins inside their vehicles to avoid chances of contracting the virus from passengers. Over Rs 18,000 is spent to create each cabin which is made from best quality products. Moreover, the cabin separator can be folded at any time.
Guidelines issued by the government under the 'Break the Chain' campaign are also displayed inside the vehicle. After each trip, the drivers will spray disinfectant inside the vehicle. After one hour, the vehicle will be washed with soap water.
The drivers stated that they will wash their clothes in hot water and disinfect it after returning to home. Sanitizer, mask and gloves are also arranged at the vehicle for passengers.
Loss of income and increasing expenses including fuel, maintenance and repayment of loans have forced these drivers to confront the pandemic.
“Majority of the public, who have elderly people or children at home, are avoiding taxis for travelling to the airport and other places. Since the pandemic, we have been getting only small distance trips from our acquaintances and neighbours,” said the drivers.
As the whole world is continuing to battle the pandemic, drivers under Kerala Taxi Drivers Organisation have decided to face the crisis head on.