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The partition walls in taxis welcomed by Bangkokians, surveys show


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A recent survey shows that most passengers are happy that Bangkok’s taxis are equipped with partitions to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.

“The Ministry of Land Transport has been conducting an investigation since Sept. 20 through the QR code displayed on the partition wall,” the department’s director-general Jirut Wisanjit said on Friday.

As of Thursday, the survey shows that 86.81 per cent of passengers are satisfied with the partition walls. Also, 87.88 per cent said they felt safer, while 90.2 per cent said they want these partitions installed in all taxis in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, 83.76 per cent of taxi drivers believe the walls protect them from picking up the virus from customers when they talk. Also, 81.65 per cent of taxi drivers agree that every taxi should be installed with a dividing wall and 90.2 per cent believe that the dividing wall will encourage people to use more taxis and increase their income.

However, some passengers and drivers expressed concerns that the bulkhead could impede the air conditioning and that reflection from the plastic could affect the driver’s view. Still, others said the partitions should be cleaned properly at the end of the day.

The department aims to install dividing walls in up to 3,000 taxis in Bangkok and 2,192 taxi drivers have expressed interest.

“Taxi drivers have until the end of October to request the installation of the partition wall at the department’s headquarters in Chatuchak district,” Jirut said. “Installation is free as the partitions are supplied by SCG Chemicals.”

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