COVID-19: ComfortDelGro to install plastic shields in taxis to protect cabbies

ComfortDelGro launches a trial on plastic shields on the driver's cabins of its taxis to minimise contact between cabbies and passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO: ComfortDelGro)

SINGAPORE — Transport company ComfortDelGro is installing plastic shields in 400 of its taxis to minimise contact between cabbies and passengers and curb the spread of COVID-19.

In a media release on Wednesday (20 May), ComfortDelGro said that in this current trial, about 50 taxis will be installed with such plastic shields every week from now.

Called V-shield, the locally-manufactured shields have been trademarked by Moove Media, a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation.

Each shield covers the driver’s cabin, and has two “window” openings for passengers to make payment. It is made of an unbreakable material, making it an added protection against any violent physical harm. The shield also does not obstruct airflow in the rest of the taxi.

Should the trial prove successful, more taxis will be fitted with the V-shield.

“Our cabbies are exposed to passengers throughout the day and night. While our drivers take as much precaution as they can by wearing masks and constantly disinfecting their cabs, there is still a risk,” said ComfortDelGro Taxi chief executive officer Ang Wei Neng.

“These shields will further reduce that level of risk as it serves as an added layer of protection for the cabbies.”

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