The Licensing Authority has been in contact with the Taxi/Limousine Industry and the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). The NSHA has provided the following helpful information for all taxi and limousine drivers relative to COVID-19:
COVID-19 Exposure Risk:
The Nova Scotia Interim Guidance: Public Health Measures for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) guides Nova Scotia public health practices in relations to managing COVID-19 cases and contacts. Depending on exposure, there are three categories of risk level (high, medium, or low) for various contacts. The risk level that would apply to taxi and limousine drivers is Low Risk:
Lower/no risk, aka, not considered a contact. This includes people who:
- Have short interactions with a confirmed case. Taxi drivers would fit here. For these groups, there is no monitoring required and no public health follow-up. If there was an unusual event that occurred during the fare, drivers could certainly follow-up with public health. If there are updates that change the risk category for taxi drivers then the NSHA and NS Public Health Authority would let taxi drivers know immediately.
Precautionary Measures for Taxi Operations. Keep yourself and your passengers protected:
To ensure you keep yourself and passengers protected, you can take the following steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Ask passengers to sit in the back to create physical distance.
- Have tissues and hand sanitizer available for your passengers if possible.
- Ensure air system is not set to recirculate.
- Dispose of all waste in a small waste bag, tie it and dispose of it in regular garbage
Disinfect your vehicle regularly
- Plan to clean and disinfect your vehicle as often as possible—especially after you drop off passengers who appear to be sick and after every medical passenger. Pay close attention to surfaces that are touched often by passengers.
Use a disinfectant that is pre-approved by the Health Canada for use against novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This information can be found at the link below.
Here is another link from Michigan State University that provides some helpful tips for disinfecting hard surfaces:
- Wash hands thoroughly after cleaning vehicle.
Other links that may be of assistance are: http://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus and www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus
New taxi by-law and administrative order now in effect
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents the new taxi by-law and administrative order are now in effect.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the taxi zones that previously restricted pick up and drop offs were eliminated. Taxis are now permitted to pick up and drop off passengers anywhere in the municipality.
Some of the other changes are:
• Licence cap increase: The number of owner licences has increased from 1,000 to 1,600. Those drivers currently on the wait list will be offered a taxi owner’s license when their name has been reached. This process is expected to take a number of years before the full list is exhausted.
• Mandatory training: New drivers will be required to complete mandatory training, including cultural sensitivity, once it becomes available. They will also be required to complete a winter driving course.
• Debit, credit, and GPS requirement: Taxi owners will have six months to install these devices in their vehicles.
As a passenger of a taxi or limousine you should expect:
- A professional operator who is courteous and knowledgeable and who practises good hygiene.
- Be transported by the most direct route unless you request a different route.
- A vehicle in good mechanical and physical condition.
- A vehicle that has a clean passenger and trunk compartment and vehicle exterior.
Your taxi or limousine driver should expect this of you as a passenger:
- Behave in a civil manner.
- Refrain from smoking, drinking, or eating food inside the vehicle.
- Clearly disclose their destination prior to departure.
- Make prompt payment of the posted fare.
Find out more about these and other rights in the Administrative Order 39, Schedule 6.
Did you know?
- The initial charge for a taxi or accessible taxi is $3.20.
- Fares can be negotiated between the operator and passenger prior to departure or the passenger may request the meter be used to calculate the fare.
- There are set rates for trips to and from the airport found in Administrative Order 39, Section 6. You can also find the cruise ship passenger fare rates here as well.
- Fares can be paid via debit, credit, or cash. Under the by-law, taxi and limousine drivers now have six months to become equipped to accept debit or credit.
- As per the By-Law T-1000 all taxi and limousines are required to display interior decals and a bumper sticker. This is how you know you are in a licensed taxi. For your safety make it a habit to check when entering a taxi or limousine.
- The decals on the inside of a vehicle include the cab information as well as a QR Code that will link you to this website.
- All taxi drivers that are licensed in the region should have a taxi driver licence displayed.
How to catch a cab
- There are four major operators: Casino Taxi, Yellow Cab, Satellite and Bob's and Blue Bell Taxi. Tired of calling for a cab? All four major operators have apps you can download.
- Our region has many other licensed independent drivers.
- The roof light is an indicator as to whether the vehicle is available to be hailed. A light on means they have passengers or are on their way to a call. A light out means they are available.
- There are several taxi stands in our region, you can find them via the common taxi stand sign. General practice is to take the first taxi in line, however you as a passenger have a right to choose.
Concern over a recent taxi or limousine ride?
If this is of a criminal matter or motor vehicle violation please contact the Halifax Regional Police’s non-emergency dispatch at 902.490.5020.
To register a complaint about a taxi or limo, or about a taxi or limo driver, call 311.