Taxi drivers praised for providing vital service to hospital frontline workers

By Mary Dennehy

TAXI drivers have been praised this week for providing vital transport links to hospitals for frontline workers.

Speaking with The Echo, Kingswood resident Tony Roe, who is the Chairman of the National Transport Assembley Committee, praised the great work being done by taxi drivers.

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Tony Roe

“Drivers are on the frontline”, Tony, who is a taxi driver himself, said.

“They are doing a great job bringing medical staff into hospitals, they are doing a vital job in that respect.

“They are there all the time under the radar doing a vital job.”

Tony took the opportunity to remind taxi drivers about their personal safety in light of the Covid-19 crisis. 

While a lot of taxi drivers have ceased operating at this time, there is a number of drivers still on the road in an effort to service hospital staff and other essential workers.

“I’m emphasising to drivers, don’t let your guard down”, Tony said.

“Drivers are wearing gloves and masks but they’re not wearing goggles.

“Goggles seem to have gone under the radar here a bit.

“I’d be asking taxi drivers to keep up the good work but to extend their efforts to wear goggles.

“Safety is paramount for themselves and their families.

“Drivers really are keeping things going for people who have to get work... they are the only mode of 24/7 transport.

“The pivotal point here has to be safety... it’s beneficial for everyone. 

“When each passenger gets out, they need to continue disinfecting their car.

“Collectively we need to keep the momentum going.”

Tony is the Chairman of the National Transport Assembly Committee, and its spokesperson for taxi drivers.

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