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Toyota safety screen helps protect private hire drivers and passengers

A new cabin safety screen is now available for Toyota private hire car operators to help keep protect drivers and passengers from in-cab coronavirus transmission.

The medium screen is available now for models including the Prius and the full Corolla range, while a version suitable for larger models is currently awaiting approval

The carmaker’s hybrid vehicles are a popular solution for firms including Green Tomato Cars, and the new screens – officially approved by Transport for London (TfL) can be used across models including the Prius and the full Corolla range. Toyota is also awaiting approval on a version suitable for larger models, including the seven-seat Prius+ and RAV4.

The screen is made from clear polycarbonate and has been designed for lightweight, easy-fit operation; it does have to be fitted by Toyota-qualified technicians is but the carmaker says it only takes about 10 minutes and the installation does not damage the car’s interior.

The screens are made in the UK by Toyota Manufacturing and available to order through Toyota dealers. Recommended retail prices, including VAT and fitting, are £195 for the medium screen and £210 for the larger version.

Stuart Ferma, Toyota and Lexus fleet general manager, said: “Transportation services everywhere are having to be adapted to take the risk of coronavirus transmission into account. We recognise the particular vulnerability of cab drivers and have come up with a solution we believe is effective and reasonably priced. We hope that the many drivers who loyally use our vehicles across the UK will be able to make good use of the new screens.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.