Taxis Several companies apply to the country to allow passengers to refuse to ride because they refuse masks October 18 at 7:15 p.m.
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, several taxi companies in Tokyo have applied to the country so that the driver can refuse to ride if the user refuses to wear a mask without justifiable grounds, and it has been found that the country will soon communicate the results of the examination. If approved, it could spread throughout the industry.
Taxis are stipulated by the Road Transport Act that they should not refuse a ride unless they are drunk or when the user is violent against the driver, and it is a fact that even if there is a user who does not wear a mask, it is not possible to refuse the ride.
For this reason, 10 businesses, including major taxi companies and private taxis in Tokyo, have applied to the Kanto Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for new measures to prevent the spread of infection.
According to the company you are applying for, there are cases where the driver feels uneasy, such as sitting in the passenger seat and the back seat and talking loudly without wearing a mask, in the user who gets drunk and gets on more than one.
The new measure is to change the rules set out for each company, called the Conditions of Carriage, so that if a user refuses to wear a mask without justifiable grounds, the driver can refuse to ride.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is reviewing the applied terms and conditions and will communicate the results soon.
If approved, it could spread to the taxi and bus industries.
The taxi company of the application “It is not content to refuse the ride”
It is a taxi company in Tokyo that applied for the change of the conditions of carriage, The Day round traffic. It has 675 taxis and has 1650 drivers.
In addition to providing transparent curtains and acrylic plates to protect against the infection of the new coronavirus, the company has decided to disinfect the table where passengers pay each time they get off, but since the emergency declaration was lifted in May, the driver says, “The user is talking loudly without wearing a mask. “I’m worried about the infection,” and there are many voices such as “I’m worried because my wife is pregnant.”
Last month, the company conducted a survey to check the video of the drive recorder to see how many users were not wearing masks.
As a result of checking for three days at each sales office, 2305 people, 81% of the 2843 users, were wearing masks, and 19% did not wear masks. Depending on the sales office, there were about 75% of people wearing masks.
For this reason, the company has applied to the Kanto Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to change the rules set out for each company, called the Conditions of Carriage, so that they can be required to wear masks.
Kazutaka Tomita, president of Onmaru Transportation Co., Ltd., said, “It is not content to refuse customers to ride. We always have a mask, and if the customer doesn’t, give it to us, and if the customer doesn’t wear a mask, we may refuse it.”
Other transportation calls for wearing masks
In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, the Regular Aviation Association, which is created by domestic airline companies, makes it known that it is necessary to wear a mask at airports and on board, except when there are reasons why it is difficult to wear it.
In response, airlines have decided to take any immediate support, including refusing to board, if they do not respond to the wearing of masks without explanation of the reason.
In addition, the “Railway Liaison Association” created by railway companies also calls for people to wear masks and to keep conversations in the car low.