FROM SAFETY MANAGEMENT, MEMBER SUPPORT & TRAINING DESK
Christine Tyrrell - Safety Management, Member Support and Training Manager
Wow, what a start to 2020. No-one could have predicted that from mid-March we would pretty much come to a stand-still. Most Networks have had their fleets reduced by at least 50%.
We are an industry built on resilience and we will bounce back once again.
The NSW Taxi Council are now offering Driver Training Online through Zoom. This is available to drivers throughout NSW who have completed the driver onboarding process.
Nick and I are in the process of re-recording the Driver Training for the Zoom training but this will also become available soon for e-learning, this will allow drivers to learn at a time that suits them.
The NSW Taxi Council has had to postpone all WATS Training due to Covid-19, as soon as it is safe to return to face to face training we will schedule new dates.
Safety Management System
The Safety Management System Manager has been responding to Taxi Service Providers and Radio Room enquiries as to the number of passengers permitted to travel in a taxi. The guidelines are in accordance with the number of legal seating positions. We do suggest, where possible, that safe social distance guidelines be practiced.
The Point to Point Transport Commission have notified Taxi Service Providers that COVID-19 related incidences are Notifiable Occurrences. Drivers should be advised that if a passenger deliberately spits or coughs on them, these offences should be reported to NSW Police as this is a form of abuse towards the driver.