Russell George MS – Shadow Minister for Transport – has given a broad welcome by the initiative from the Welsh Government to introduce “free” PPE for taxi and PHV drivers in Wales, but questions why it has taken Labour so long to introduce the scheme.
Mr George said that it is essential to recognise the vital contribution taxi and PHV drivers make to transport in Wales, while also ensuring that taxi travel is as safe as possible – for both drivers and passengers, adding:
“It’s about time this sector was brought into closer alignment with other public transport operators in Wales.
“Despite a downturn in taxi and other journeys caused by the pandemic, the 74,100 licensed operators in Wales and those they transport will welcome this decision.
“Such a scheme, if implemented properly, will come at a considerable cost and ministers must ensure they are in a position to deliver, in full, on this promise.”