Safety screens introduced for Addison Lee's Ford fleet
16 September 2020
Author: Sean Keywood
Addison Lee and Ford have introduced new safety screens for the private hire firm's fleet of Galaxy MPVs.
The screens, designed to meet Transport for London regulations, have been designed to allow clear rearward vision when the driver is using the interior mirror, and communication between the driver and passengers.
They have also been designed not to interfere with safety features such as airbags.
The screens are being installed by Addison Lee's technicians, with drivers being given guidance on how to maintain and sanitise the screens.
They are expected to be installed across Addison Lee's Ford Galaxy fleet by the end of September.
Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin said: "Addison Lee is proud to partner with Ford Motor Company to enhance the safety of drivers and passengers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We have worked together to design, manufacture and fit a safety screen that will add an extra layer of reassurance for commuters starting to return to work and for employers who want to offer staff a flexible and safe way to travel.
"Safety screens have been a challenging issue for the private hire vehicle industry over the last six months and we are pleased that, by working in collaboration with a close partner of ours, we have been able to find a solution that satisfies the regulator and enhances everyone's safety."
Ford of Britain fleet director Neil Wilson said: "Private hire vehicle customers have faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 and are adapting to the new norms.
"Our screens provide additional support as passengers and drivers continue to operate in challenging circumstances, offering additional peace of mind as they work and travel."