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Coronavirus: Taxis, Roads and DriveSafe information and advice

Updated: 10am Tuesday 23 June

For short journeys, and to keep our streets quiet, please travel on foot or by bike. With capacity on public transport still limited, taxis and private hire services can also offer a convenient alternative for occasional journeys, particularly in the evenings.

If you’re driving, please take extra care on the roads – to reduce pressure on the NHS and emergency services.

It is important to remember that there are number of major investment schemes continuing in and around Greater Manchester which may affect your journey if travelling by car.

All the latest information on these works and how to improve your journey is available at tfgm.com/traveladvice.

For information on day to day incidents on the network which could affect your journey please follow us on twitter.


Taxis and private hire

Taxis and private hire services are an important part of our transport network and critical in helping our economy recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

In particular, they can support our pub, bar and restaurant sector, and wider leisure industry by helping people get to and from where they need to while protecting themselves and others by following guidance to use them safely.

If you use a taxi or private hire vehicle, please:

  • Wear a face covering unless you are unable to, or drivers may refuse to carry you.
  • Keep a safe distance from others during your journey, for example at taxi ranks.
  • Sit as far away from the driver and other passengers as you can, always using the back seats, and open the vehicle window to help ventilation.
  • Clean your hands regularly and use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.
  • Follow any additional guidance from the driver and safety measures put in place by the taxi or private hire operator.

Please support locally licensed drivers by making sure your driver and vehicle are licensed by one of Greater Manchester’s 10 councils, preferably your local council, when booking a private hire. If in doubt, ask the operator.

I’m a taxi driver. What should I be doing during the pandemic?

You have a responsibility to take all possible precautions to keep you and your vehicle as safe and sanitised as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • Clean your vehicle thoroughly each day using standard cleaning products.
  • Throughout your shift, regularly clean areas frequently touched by passengers, e.g. door handles, seat belts and buckles, and other hard surfaces.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly during your shift. Ask your passengers to wear a face covering - some people may be unable to wear one due to a health condition or disability, so please be understanding in these cases.
  • Please make your passengers aware of your route, particularly when this may have changed due to road closures and other roadworks.

For further information, please contact your local licensing authority, who will be able to provide you with the latest advice on vehicle testing, licence renewals, sanitisation and more.

The information for each of Greater Manchester’s local authorities can be found at:


DriveSafe

Due to the coronavirus situation, all DriveSafe classroom courses have been cancelled until further notice.

However, we are now offering online digital courses instead. You can book an online digital course regardless of which police force in the UK offered you a course - just choose 'Manchester' when booking.

Where possible, please book or rearrange your course online via the link below.


National Speed Awareness course

You can now book an online digital course.

The two-and-a-half hour course will take place online using the digital platform ZOOM with eight clients and our trainer.

You will need access to a device at home (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) with microphone and camera with reliable internet connection capable of streaming video. Smartphones may be used, however the course will be far more effective if you have a larger screen.

More information


National Motorway Awareness course

You can now book an online digital course.

The two-and-a-half hour course will take place online using the digital platform ZOOM with eight clients and our trainer.

You will need access to a device at home (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) with microphone and camera with reliable internet connection capable of streaming video. Smartphones may be used, however the course will be far more effective if you have a larger screen.

More information


What's Driving Us course

You can now book an online digital course.

The two-and-a-half hour course will take place online using the digital platform ZOOM with eight clients and our Trainer.

You will need access to a device at home (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) with microphone and camera with reliable internet connection capable of streaming video. Smartphones may be used, however the course will be far more effective if you have a larger screen.

More information


Safe and Considerate Driving course

You can now book this course which consists of two parts:

Part 1: Online

The two-and-a-half hour course will take place online using the digital platform ZOOM with eight clients and our trainer.

You will need access to a device at home (computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone) with microphone and camera with reliable internet connection capable of streaming video. Smartphones may be used, however the course will be far more effective if you have a larger screen.

Part 2: On-road

The second part of your course will take place on-road with an experienced advanced driving coach in a car we supply. This will take place on a later date once social distancing restrictions have been lifted and will last two hours. We shall contact you to arrange this separately.

You will need to attend both parts of the course to complete your course.

More information


Safer Driving for Longer course

Our Safer Driving for Longer courses have been postponed until next year.

New dates will be published on the Safer Driving for Longer page when more information is known.


To book or rearrange a course

Please visit https://offer.ndors.org.uk then follow these instructions:

  • REGISTER: Enter your Police Reference Number & PIN (from your Police Course Offer letter) OR your Police Reference Number & Driving Licence Number (in the PIN field instead of a PIN).

OR

  • LOGIN: If you have previously opted to create an account, and have validated your email address, you can login with your email address and password. If you did not create an account, and would like to now create an account, you can do so using the 'Forgot your Password' and providing the email address you provided during registration.

  • From your Dashboard, click on 'Access My Courses' to review your current course booking and to rebook a course. Clicking on 'rebook my course' will then take you to our online booking website.

Need help? Watch a useful video: How to book a course online (five minutes)