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Factsheet for measure MT-2020-23/1436 – measures in Malta
|Country||Malta , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 June 2020|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Luke Anthony Fiorini (University of Malta) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||16 November 2020 (updated 27 January 2021)|
The taxi industry is one that has picked up in recent years. The Maltese traditionally do not make use of taxis for the daily commute, favouring private transport and public busses. The popularity of taxis increased over the last few years following an influx of foreign workers coupled with new taxi companies, including platform-based taxi companies.
The taxi industry's growth was hit by COVID-19 due to a sudden drop in commuters. Workers increasingly made use of remote working options, whereas others sought private transport options in order to reduce the chance of disease transmission.
Faced by these sudden changes, one of Malta's largest taxi companies, eCabs, modified their taxis and procedures in order to protect staff and customers.
In May 2020, the Public Health Authorities issued guidelines for the taxi industry. eCabs, a leading private taxi operator in Malta, announced that they had both implemented and exceeded these guidelines.
Amongst the changes implemented:
The taxi company also provides a service for school children. Schools recommenced following COVID-19-related closures and summer holidays in September 2020. This service also includes the following additional steps:
The measure is being applied to all of the organisation's fleet.
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No involvement - this is a company initiative. Whilst a company initiative, it was also informed by public health guidelines.
None to report
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|H - Transportation And Storage||H49 Land transport and transport via pipelines|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Drivers and mobile plant operators|
Eurofound (2020), Taxi company adapts to COVID-19, measure MT-2020-23/1436 (measures in Malta), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/MT-2020-23_1436.html
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