ComfortDelGro Corp., a multinational land transport company, has recently announced its plan to install plastic shields as a trial in 400 taxis. This initiative is aimed at reducing contact between passengers and drivers and in turn, curb the possible spread of the coronavirus in Singapore.
ComfortDelGro has reportedly stated that this plastic shield, named as the V-shield, covers the entire cabin of the driver. The product has been locally made by using an unbreakable material. The company added that the V-shield also can protect the drivers against violent physical harm.
The installation process of the V-shield has already begun, with the taxi operator planning to roll the shields out in 50 taxis per week. The company also reported that the anticipated successful trial of the shield will ensure the extension of its implementation in a large number of taxis in the country.
Sources familiar with the matter have stated that the size of the shield is measured 1m by 0.7m by 0.6m. It has 2 window openings to carry out cash transactions. It encloses only the cabin area of the driver and does not give any airflow obstruction in the remaining space inside the cab. The trademark of the new V-shield is owned by ComfortDelGro’s wholly owned subsidiary, Moove Media.
As per the statement made by Ang Wei Neng, chief executive officer of Taxi Business at ComfortDelGro, in addition to wearing masks and regular cleaning & disinfection of the cabs, the V-shield would further lower the risk of possible exposure to the virus. This new product is a significant way of assisting taxi drivers who are exposed to the passengers, day and night.
Koh Tian Moo, a 66-year-old cab driver, has stated that the new shield will help keep peace of mind among passengers and drivers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.