We’re almost there, folks. After 12 months of uncertainty, doom and gloom, the UK finally has a roadmap out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is going to start moving again VERY soon, and bringing with it much needed support and income to the taxi and private hire industry. Patons Insurance are here to provide our top tips on ensuring YOU are fully prepared as the country reopens throughout 2021.
Ensure your vehicle is Council compliant
Seems obvious, right? However, with thousands of drivers being off the road over the last 12 months due to lack of jobs and income, it is easy to forget the basics. If you are unsure as to when your vehicle tax runs out, you can find out here . After so much uncertainty over the last year, the LAST THING you want is to run the risk of operating your vehicle while it is not Council compliant – so make sure you are covered on all fronts well in advance of things reopening!
Make sure your vehicle is professionally cleaned
Cleanliness within vehicles has always been a crucial thing in our industry – however, hygiene and safety are more important than ever before following the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensure you are following government guidelines and advice regarding travel and make sure your vehicle is professionally cleaned regularly. Going that extra mile to make your passengers feel safe in your vehicle is paramount – by doing this, your reputation will increase, customers will leave positive reviews/star ratings and more jobs will come your way!
Cashless payment solutions
While the UK was already heading in this direction, the COVID pandemic has accelerated us into a cash-free environment far quicker than anyone anticipated. Cash, and the unhygienic elements associated with it, are leading consumers and passengers to use cashless solutions more than ever before.
According to World Finance, over 47% of Millennials & Generation Z customers are using mobile payments more than any other payment method. By offering the ability to pay by online payment solutions, or simply a contactless card payment solution, you are opening up your customer base to a network of new customers who simply don’t carry cash.
Ensure your insurance is valid!
Last, and in our case most certainly not least – ENSURE YOUR INSURANCE IS VALID! If you’ve been off the road for a while, it makes sense to shop around and find the most suitable policy for you. That’s where Patons come in – if you’re looking for taxi insurance that provides with you with the best cover, for the best price, you’ve come to the right place!
With access to a wide panel of specialist insurers, we offer highly competitive taxi insurance quotes to taxi drivers across the UK. For further information on Patons and to receive a quote, please get in touch with us, or fill out our new quote form today.