Are taxis safe in Hamburg?

Corona: take a taxi - but safe!

In Corona times, infection protection is also the top priority when taking a taxi. And Germany's taxi companies are upgrading. At the expense of occupant safety?

At the end of April 2020, more than 3000 taxis across Germany were already equipped with built-in separation protection. This is to prevent a possible transmission of Sars-CoV-2 between passenger and driver. There is often no alternative to taking a taxi for treatment, especially for people with chronic illnesses or physical limitations. A separation between the rear and the driver's area makes sense from a medical point of view. But what about occupant protection?

Vehicles are type-approved - every part on or in the vehicle must meet requirements. The focus is particularly on occupant and fire protection as well as safe all-round visibility for the driver. The ADAC safety experts examined various separation protection systems with regard to accident and road safety, because within a short period of time numerous products came onto the market that are already in daily use - without the usual test processes.

An interior partition should meet these criteria

Infection protection

  • protection against Droplet infection (Coughing, sneezing, speaking)

  • protection against direct contact of objects in the driver's area by the passenger

  • Easy disinfection the separation

Sight and light

  • No impermissible Restricted view for the driver

  • Passengers want a view, visual contact with their surroundings, traffic and the driver

  • No annoying light reflections and reflections

Road safety and accident prevention

  • Fixed installations are subject to approval, the operating permit may expire.

  • Partitions that are not permanently installed are deemed to be charge, but must not endanger vehicle occupants or other road users and must be secured accordingly.

  • The The vehicle's safety devices must not be obstructed, especially the side and head airbags.

  • The separation is allowed no sharp edges exhibit. Broken edges / points must not pose a risk of injury.

  • The Material must be flame retardant be.

Problems with interior partitions

Some of the interior partitions available on the market do not meet the requirements mentioned or only partially meet them. Partitions made of acrylic glass splinter easily, head airbags cannot unfold freely because partitions or brackets are in the way. Plastic discs bent forward to the side obstruct the side airbages. Some partitions or the associated fastening material are highly flammable.

This is what the ADAC security experts recommend

In any case, break-proof material (e.g. polycarbonate, as in construction vehicle windows) should be used for interior covers, or the partition should not consist of a plastic pane, but a plastic film. The material used should be flame retardant. During installation, the function of the airbags or other safety precautions must not be restricted under any circumstances. Ropes and straps should not be used for fastening, rather ropes and straps - the partition must not come loose even in the event of a crash.

If these recommendations are implemented, infection protection and accident and road safety will not cancel each other out. The safety for driver and passenger is guaranteed.

7 tips for taxi rides in Corona times

Dr. Klaus-Ludwig Schäfer from ADAC Ambulanz-Service gives tips on how to minimize the risk of infection with Sars-CoV-2 when taking a taxi.

  1. Openness: Already with the Taxi order you should make your concern known: Explain that you only need to see a doctor because of high blood pressure, but no fever and there is no suspicion of an infection with the novel coronavirus.

  2. Hand hygiene: Wash yourself before the trip thoroughly hands.

  3. Keep distance: Get on back right into the taxi to sit as far away from the driver as possible.

  4. Additional protection: If available, wear one while driving Breathing mask. You can also ask the driver in a friendly manner whether he has a breathing mask for himself.

  5. Remain silent: You should avoid lively conversations during these times, be silent as possible - at Protection of both sides.

  6. Cashless payments: Cash changes hands frequently. In times of the corona pandemic, payment via EC or credit card advisable. If this is not possible, tip a little higher than accept coins.

  7. Hand hygiene: Wash yourself as soon as possible after the ride thoroughly hands.

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Text: Kati Thielitz and Jörg Peter Urbach

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