MONTREAL – Some 425 taxis in montreal have been equipped with partitions separating the driver from passengers to limit the risk of the spread of the COVID-19, since the announcement of a financial assistance from the City.
By the end of June, Montreal wishes to equip approximately 900 taxis partitions and protective.
The 16 last April, the mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, had announced a support of $ 260,000 to the taxi industry to install to partitions that are transparent in the vehicles and buy sanitary products. The City has also distributed a list of suppliers to the taxi companies.
A car wash dry steam to clean the car in ten minutes has also been established. Between April 27 and may 19, 295 different vehicles have been decontaminated.
Some drivers more assets going twice a week, according to the Bureau du taxi de Montréal. There has been and 356 décontaminations. The goal is to make 500 décontaminations per month until the end of July.
Partitions in demand
After a first review of the programme done by the Office of the taxi, many will have to wait until June to get an appointment to install the partitions “in high demand”.
“The installation of partitions, of protective is a little more complex in the current context because it is necessary to comply with the rules of detachment,” explained Sophie Mauzerolle, president of the board of directors of the Office of the taxi and responsible partner in mobility on the executive committee of the City.
“We see that there are really a craze,” added Ms. Mauzerolle. In addition, “in the context of déconfinement progressive, there was really a need” in the industry.
According to John Fortier, director general, Taxi Coop Montreal, the City program is working well and the company has been able to find good suppliers. By contrast, the amounts allocated are insufficient.
The money allows her to equip only 60 cars and five vans and walls, a fleet of 350 vehicles. “I would have liked to have at least 150 vehicles”, he lamented.
In addition, some products that are in demand are more expensive. “The Purell, it’s like the white gold this time”, has ironisé the one who sees the bill to climb quickly.
The end of 2019, there were 4 692 vehicles, taxis and 8 790 drivers in Montreal. Approximately 20 % of the taxis are said to be active in the current context, according to the Office of the taxi, which relies on the statements of the companies.
This statistic has meaning in the eyes of Jean Fortier. “It is sure that it increases, but the volume is not there. It was less than half of the calls we had normally.”