New taxi safety screen to help fight coronavirus transmission 

Toyota Safety Screen

Toyota has created a new safety screen for use in UK cabs and taxis to protect both drivers and passengers from the possibility of coronavirus transmission.  

With the easing of lockdown measures continuing, taxi and private hire car drivers are at risk from potentially catching coronavirus while carrying passengers. The lightweight Toyota safety screen is made from a clear polycarbonate material that can reduce the chances of virus transmission. 

Toyota Safety Screen

The safety screen has been rigorously tested to meet Toyota’s high safety standards, including the full deployment of the cabin airbags. Installation of the safety screens only takes 10 minutes by a Toyota-qualified technician and involves no structural changes or damaging of the interior. 

The Toyota safety screen is held in place by large tabs on its lower edge that are inserted into the seatback pockets of the front seats. The screen remains stable and in place during transit at high speed, even when both rear windows are fully open. 

The transparent safety screen contains a central opening flap that customers can use for cash or card payments. Although the main use of the screens will be in minicabs and taxis, the screens can also be used for demonstration vehicles and accompanied test drives.  

During the design process, Toyota liaised with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure the initial medium-sized screen is TfL approved for use with PCO licence holders in Prius models and the full Corolla line-up. Approval is still being pending for a large-sized screen for use in larger vehicles such as the seven-seat Prius+ and RAV4 SUV. 

The safety screens are being made by Toyota Manufacturing UK and can be ordered through Toyota retailers across the country. Prices (with VAT and fitting included) are £195 for the medium screen and £210 for the larger screen. 

Stuart Ferma, Toyota, and Lexus Fleet General Manager said: “Transportation services everywhere are having to be adapted to take the risk of coronavirus transmission into account. We recognise the particular vulnerability of cab drivers and have come up with a solution we believe is effective and reasonably priced. We hope that the many drivers who loyally use our vehicles across the UK will be able to make good use of the new screens.” 

Comments (39)

    1. Hi Russell,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      In order to ensure safety, our taxi screens have gone through vigorous testing, and unfortunately the Avensis is not currently one of our eligible models.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Jon,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Our taxi screens have gone through vigorous testing in order to ensure their safety, and unfortunately the Verso is not currently one of our eligible models.
      Thanks.

  1. Hi, I was wondering whether you are just limitied to Toyota protective screens? I have a Tucson 2017 model, using it as a private hire vehicle.

    1. Hi Adnan,
      Thanks for your comment.
      The taxi screens undergo vigorous safety testing within our cars in order to ensure their efficiency and therefore are only produced for Toyota vehicles.
      Thanks.

  2. Hello, presumably once the screen is installed the seats can not be adjusted, is this correct?

    Thank you

    1. Hi James,

      As the screen is installed using the seat pockets in the back of the front seat, this does mean adjustment of those seats is then limited.

      That’s not to say they can’t be moved at all, but care will need to be taken to ensure the fitting isn’t disturbed.

      Thanks

  3. Hi, posted a question yesterday but put the whole Reg number by mistake. Can you please delete the Reg number if you decide to post the comment.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Tesfay,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Regarding your previous comment, “Hi there I have Toyota Prius 2012, I have asked a few Toyota dealers in my area in west London to fit the temporary screen for privet hire cars. Two dealers in my area said they don’t do for Toyota Prius before 2015. On TFL website it said the screen approved was from 2010. Can you please clarify which one the truth.”
      We can confirm that Prius models from 2010 are now eligible for the taxi screen.
      We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused, and an update is being sent out to all of our centres today.
      We would recommend re-contacting your nearest centre shortly for further information.
      You can find your nearest centre, here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/forms-v2/forms?tab=pane-dealer
      Thanks.

  4. Will these screens fit into Toyota Avensis? Registration is GVO8 NVM.

    Are Vosa/MOT garages gonna be ok with them too?

    1. Also can you please tell me which dealerships can install these screen in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire areas or the closest ones to them please.

          1. Hi Ash,
            Thanks for getting in touch with us.
            Could you please provide us with your reg? We will then be able to look into this further for you.
            Thanks.

    2. Hi Shahid,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Unfortunately, the Avensis is not currently one of our eligible models for the taxi screen.
      Regarding the MOT, we would recommend speaking to your nearest centre for a full list of requirements in order to meet the standards of the test.
      Thanks.

  5. Hi there, how can I order one, I visited the Toyota UK web but no sign of the screen, any help will be appreciated.

  6. I would like to know after fitting the screen we can get a certificate from Toyota or we need to get a certificate from Horiba Mira?

    1. Hi Ramzan,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We are not issuing certificates upon installation as standard but our screens are approved by TfL for installation in London PCO vehicles.

      Thanks.

    1. Hi Tina,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The holes on the back of the screen are for the cable ties which are designed to loop through the holes and fix the screen firmly to the headrest, the rest of the weight is then supported by the seat pockets.

      Thanks.

    1. Hi Tim,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Vehicles built from production month March 2010 – December 2015, have passed safety testing and are on the approved list of models. As your Prius is a gen 3 2012 model it is included.

      Thanks.

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