Driver and Vehicle Licences - Coronavirus update

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic members of the licensing unit and taxi team are not always present in the office at the moment. The team is working but sometimes remotely in accordance the Government's advice.

The Licensing Authority has put in place plans to minimise disruption to businesses and being a statutory function the authority will continue to provide a service though the methods by which it is delivered may change during this period. We will try to minimise disruption but the unprecedented nature of this virus means that we may need your help to achieve this.

Please Note: Licences must be renewed. Do not allow your licence to expire unless you have registered your intention to take up one of the special emergency measures listed below, if you are not able to follow the advice below please contact the licensing office.

Please Note: That the situation is constantly changing and some of the information here may be subject to change. We will do our best to keep you informed but we appreciate your understanding and patience at this time.

Business Support: The government has introduced a range of financial measures to help businesses deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Council has compiled a guide to the support that is available for businesses and the contact details of the institutions and organisations that can help you.

Stress, Anxiety and Mental Wellbeing: In the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown many of us are experiencing stresses and concerns never experienced before. If issues are becoming overwhelming there's no shame in reaching out for help if you are feeling stressed, depressed or experiencing suicidal thoughts in some form. If you're not sure of who to reach out to in your community there is an organisation based in Brighton called 'Grassroots' that can provide help. Their 'Find Help Now' pages can guide you in finding a national or local support service that is right for you. 

Adur and Worthing COVID-19 Key Updates:

11th January 2021

Update for the Taxi & Private Hire Trade

As key stakeholders in our communities, this message is being sent to all taxi & private hire drivers and operators, following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week of another period of national lockdown restrictions.

The following update provides a range of important information. As always, if you have any questions please do not
hesitate to contact the Public Health & Regulation team directly.


8th January 2021

Covid Support Advice meeting

On Thursday 21 January 2021 at 2pm an online zoom meeting has been arranged for members of the Adur and Worthing Taxi and Private Hire trades to have the opportunity to receive support and advice on the various financial grants, community and wellbeing schemes available. All Adur & Worthing trade members are welcome and to attend please use the following link:

Officers from A&W Business Support Team and A&W Wellbeing Team will be present to provide information and advice. 


5th January 2021

Adur and Worthing move to Tier 5: Stay at Home 

Adur and Worthing, along with the rest of the country, has moved into CoronaVirus Tier 5 - Full National Lockdown.

Amendments to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on the 6th January, they impose closures and restrictions upon a number of businesses (also known as National Lockdown 3).

As A&W Councils fully analysis the new legislation and is offered advice by Government this page may be subject to change.

Living and working in Tier 5 means you must stay at home. HM Government has stated that the single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. You must stay at home and only leave for the following specific reasons:

  • To go to work or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home – this includes key workers and those in the construction industry.
  • To shop for food and/or medicine for yourself or a vulnerable person.
  • To provide care or help to a vulnerable person.
  • To exercise.
  • To seek medical care or an appointment or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm, including domestic abuse.
  • To meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.
  • To attend education or childcare if you are eligible (children of key workers or vulnerable children)
  • Outdoor exercise with one person from another household. This should be limited to once a day and you should stay in your local area. You can meet a personal trainer outside.
  • Socialising outside is allowed only with people from your household or bubble. Stay 2 metres from anyone not in your household.
  • Sporting venues including pools, gyms, tennis courts and golf courses will close, but playgrounds will remain open.

The Tier 5 restrictions require that if not already shut, all non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services (such as hairdressers and salons) must shut immediately and must remain closed.

Essential retailers including supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, and builders’ merchants, are permitted to stay open. Hackney Carriage & Private Hire businesses can remain open and trading.

Travelling 

Taxi and private hire passengers must NOT socially travel to see others. In Tier 5 members of the public must not leave home unless they have a reasonable excuse (eg for work or education purposes). If they need to travel they should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of their village, town or the part of a city where they live - and look to reduce the number of journeys they make overall. The list of reasons a person can leave their home and area include, but are not limited to:

  • work, where they cannot work from home
  • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
  • visiting those in their support bubble - or childcare bubble for childcare
  • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where they have had an accident or are concerned about health
  • buying goods or services from premises that are open, including essential retail, but these should be within the local area wherever possible
  • outdoor recreation or exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but they can travel a short distance to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
  • attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

Passengers must avoid car sharing with anyone from outside their household or your support bubble. See the guidance on car sharing.

Department for Transport Guidance:

The Department for Transport has issued updated guidance to transport operators, including taxi and private hire vehicle drivers. This guidance covers instructions on operating with Covid restrictions, guidance on safe carriage of passengers and direction to the financial packages available to drivers during the pandemic. 

Businesses which must close:

To reduce social contact, the regulations require non-essential businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks.
  • Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves)
  • Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours; body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect services.

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • Education and training - for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision.
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend.
  • Hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
  • To provide medical treatment
  • For elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • For the purposes of film and TV filming

Businesses and venues which can remain open:

Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 secure guidelines. Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences.
  • Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open.
  • Businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
  • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
  • Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Mobility and disability support shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums and burial grounds

COVID Financial Support:

The Councils are overseeing the distribution of a range of government grants to support businesses impacted by COVID, which includes further funding in relation to the ongoing Tier restrictions. Full details are available at: 

Any taxi or private hire driver can apply to the Additional Restrictions Grant - Round 2 at: 

This is a discretionary pot, as part of the West Sussex wide scheme. However, we encourage all taxi and private hire drivers to review the guidance and, if deemed applicable, to submit an application. Applications for this grant close at midnight on 31st January 2021. Further rounds may be available.

Any queries about this grant or other impacts of COVID can be submitted to: business.covidsupport@adur-worthing.gov.uk .

COVID advice, guidance and regulation:

A&W Councils Public Health & Regulation team are happy to provide advice and support around COVID-19. If you have any questions or in need of specific advice do contact the team via: 

Please note, Sussex Police has responsibility for enforcing rules regarding gatherings in open spaces. You can report these by calling 101.

Taxi Marshals:

For those working in Worthing, you will have seen that we have brought back the Taxi Marshals over the Winter period to help focus on COVID safe practices, using specific COVID funding from the Government. However, with the introduction of Tier 5 lockdown controls this service will be suspended until the restrictions are lifted and the evening economy opens up. 

General information:

As a helpful reminder, the government’s most recent advice remains:

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart (or 1 metre with precautions)
  • Get tested if you display symptoms (high temperature / new continuous cough / loss or change to your taste or smell) by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.

A range of support is also available locally for those in need:

West Sussex County Council Community Hub (COVID 19) is available everyday focusing on providing help to anyone that is vulnerable that needs help with food, utilities bills or heating. This is open each day from 8am to 8pm. Call 033 022 27980

Employment advice and support - we have good information and guidance on everything relating to work, including work support, dealing with money, wider wellbeing issues and the opportunity to speak to an employment advisor. These resources are online: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/help-to-work/ 

Self-Isolation Payments - £500 self-isolation payments may be available to anyone who has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they've tested positive or are the close contact of a positive case. To apply visit: https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/self-isolation-grants/ 

Business restrictions & support published by HM Government can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england#business-support 

Coronavirus Tier 5 Guidance has been published by HM Government and can be found at:  

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert

Taxi & Private Hire Questions & Answers


Department for Transport Guidance:

Updated - 5th January 2021

The Department for Transport has issued new updated guidance specifically to hackney carriage and private hire drivers, vehicle providers, private hire operators and licensing authorities on providing transport services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This includes safer transport guidance for operators and separate guidance for passengers has been published to outline who should be travelling and how social distancing rules should be observed across different points in journeys.

In addition the Government has issued more general guidance for people who work in or from vehicles. Whilst not specific to taxi drivers the information is in parts relevant and the document highlights general precautions drivers need to consider. 


Licensing:

Driver Licences

New: To apply for a new Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Driver's Licence or to renew an existing licence go to Drivers: Licensing New Drivers and Renewing an Existing Licence. However, HM government's recent decision to place England into lockdown means that currently we are unable to offer Driver 'Knowlege Tests'. The Council will endevour to offer these again as soon as the current lock-down restrictions are lifted.   

Renewing: When renewing a current driver licence we appreciate that it is difficult for some licence holders to obtain medicals due to a reduction in NHS services due to the Coronavirus. Please continue to obtain these through your GP where possible or ask for a copy of the last 12 months of your medical history. The licensing authority's duty is to ensure public safety. Where a medical certificate cannot be obtained the licensing office will assess the renewal application individually on its own merit taking into account a licence holders history and any underlying health conditions. Unfortunately in some cases a licence renewal may not be determined until sufficient evidence is available for officers to make an informed decision.

Due to the exceptional circumstances being experienced currently with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and HM government's recent decision to introduce further new national restrictions from 5th January 2021 A&W Councils have put in emergency measures to assist drivers.

Driver Licence Renewals: For a Hackney or Private Hire Driver wishing to renew the Councils will be issuing licences for a 3 year period in line with the legislation. However, only a third of the fee will be charged at renewal with the two further instalments due at the beginning of each subsequent year so reducing the licence holder's up front cost. The first year licence will be issued at a cost of:

  • Adur Drivers Licence - £90 with two further payments of £90 at the end of the first year and second year.
  • Worthing Drivers Licence - £96 and two further payments of £96 at the end of the first and second year.

Allowing a Driver Licence to Lapse: For a Hackney or Private Hire Driver whose driver licence expires on or before the 31 March 2021 and who currently wishes not to work or cannot because of Covid situation the Councils will authorise the driver to allow his or her licence to expire for a fixed period and will renew after that fixed period subject to:

  • Notifying the Councils' Taxi Licensing Team before the expiry of your intention.
  • Return of the Hackney Carriage or Private Hire driver licence and badge to the Councils' Taxi Licensing Office.
  • The Driver must not drive the Private Hire or Hackney Carriage licensed vehicle during this lapsed period.

On re-application the driver licence application will be exempt from the following current conditions:

  • Driver Knowledge test
  • Child exploitation training
  • Disability training and Driver standard assessment

So the driver will not be required to re-take these. However, the applicant will be required to meet all other current conditions as laid out in the current Adur or Worthing Taxi and Private Hire handbook.

Application for a new licence from those that have lapsed their licences must be made on or before the 21 April 2021. Applications received after that date will be treated as a new application and the driver will be required to make an application that meets the current conditions including medical, knowledge test, Child exploitation and Disability training and Driver standard assessment and any other requirement as detailed in the current handbooks. current handbooks.

* Please note that the dates specified will be reviewed as more information on the lockdown becomes available and may be extended if necessary.

How to renew: Scan or photograph your completed application form and driving licence check code and:

  • email to taxi.licensing@adur-worthing.gov.uk
  • or post by hand or send by post - place the completed forms in an envelope and mark to the attention of:
    Taxi Licensing, Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS 

On receipt and processing of your application you will be telephoned to make a payment over the phone.

Credit and Debit cards must not be scanned and sent to the licensing office, an officer will be in touch to process a payment over the phone; however; there may be a delay in this part of the process but this will not affect the renewal of your current licence.

The application will be processed and your licence & receipt will be sent to you by email and the badge will be posted at a later date.

Please wear your expired badge until you receive a replacement and ensure you have your licence certificate with you either in paper or digitally should it be required.

* Please note documents posted will be scanned and stored securely until they can be returned.

Vehicle Licences

If your application is to renew the vehicle licence then you will have to meet all of the requirements for the licence to be issued. This is to ensure that the vehicle is in a road worthy condition and is compliant with legislation and the conditions of licence.

Please Note: That we are constantly reviewing our policies and procedures as the COVID-19 situation changes and some of the information here may be subject to change. We will do our best to keep you informed but we appreciate your understanding and patience at this time.

Business Support: The government has introduced a range of financial measures to help businesses deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Council has compiled a guide to the support that is available for businesses and the contact details of the institutions and organisations that can help you.

Due to the exceptional circumstances being experienced currently with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and HM government's recent decision to introduce new national restrictions from 5th January 2021 A&W Councils have put in emergency measures to assist vehicle proprietors and drivers.

Allowing a Vehicle Licence to Lapse. A&W Councils have introduced an option that will allow a Hackney Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle Licence holder whose vehicle licence is due to expire between now and 31 March 2021 to let their vehicle licence expire for this fixed period and will allow a renewal after that fixed period if they do not want to work or cannot work due to the current pandemic subject to:

  • Notifying the Councils' Taxi Licensing Team of your intention
  • Returning the Hackney Carriage or Private Hire plate(s) and paper licence to the Councils' Taxi Licensing Office.
  • Removing the vehicles roof sign.
  • Removing any distinguishing signs that could lead the public to believe that the vehicle is a licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.

On re-application the vehicle will be exempt from the following current conditions:

  • Disability Access Requirements
  • Rear Passenger Cell Window Tint Level Requirements for the lifetime of the current vehicle but the proprietor will need to comply with the current conditions when or if the vehicle is replaced.

The vehicle must meet at the time of application all other current conditions as laid out in the current Adur or Worthing Taxi and Private Hire handbook including:

  • CCTV is installed
  • Hackney Carriage Insurance
  • Valid Garage inspection report & MOT
  • Any other standard conditions

Applications from those that have been allowed to lapse their licences must be made before 21 April 2021. Applications received after that date will be treated as a brand new application and the vehicle will be required to meet all the current conditions. 

* Please note that the dates specified will be reviewed as more information on the lockdown becomes available and may be extended if necessary.

How to renew, replace or apply for a new vehicle licence: Due to the current circumstances, caused by the Coronavirus, we have put in place procedures to try to protect drivers and officers and minimise the risks of contamination to either party whilst inspections are carried out.

If a vehicle inspection is required please contact the Taxi Licensing Team by email or phone and you will be given a date and time at which to attend the licensing office. 

You must not attend the licensing office if: 

  • You have a temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • You have lived with, or been in contact with someone, within the last 14 days who has symptoms of coronavirus or who is experiencing the above symptoms

To ensure officers can carry out the vehicle inspection safely it is important that you follow the advice below:

  • Scan or photograph your completed application form, insurance certificate, MOT, garage inspection and vehicle registration document - V5, proof of road tax. Then 2 working days before your appointment email these to: taxi.licensing@adur-worthing.gov.uk 
  • Alternatively you can post by hand or send by post. Please place the completed forms in envelope and mark to the attention of: Taxi Licensing Team, Portland House, 44 Richmond Road, Worthing, BN11 1HS
  • If you are unable to scan or post all or some of the documents then when you attend the appointment place the documents in the boot of the vehicle for collection by the officer

Credit and Debit cards must not be scanned and sent to the licensing office, an officer will be in touch to process a payment over the phone.

When attending your vehicle inspection please ensure:

  • The vehicle's fire extinguisher and first aid kit are laid in the boot in clear view for the officer to access
  • You arrive on time and no earlier than 5 minutes before or after the start of your allocated time slot
  • You attended on your own
  • Park your vehicle in the designated taxi inspection bay located at the side of the Assembly Halls, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing
  • Once parked in the designated inspection bay:
    • Stay with the vehicle
    • Ventilate the vehicle by opening all windows
    • Telephone 01273 263144
  • You will then be asked a number of appropriate questions over the phone regarding:
    • Your current state of heath and whether you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms?
    • When the vehicle's interior was last cleaned?
    • When was the vehicle last used to carry passengers?
    • When sanitisation of surfaces in the vehicle, including door handles, dashboard etc. was last carried out? 

It is important to note that an unfavourable response to any of the questions above and staff may be instructed not to attend.

For everyone's safety when conducting any vehicle inspection members of the Taxi team will maintain minimal contact with the driver and the vehicle. Where possible a 2-metre gap should be maintained between the officer and driver throughout.

The member of the Taxi Team and the Licence holder may wear appropriate PPE for example:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks
  • Face Shield
  • Goggles

To maintain self-distancing we have put in place the following recommendations/requests:

  • If you have to get out of the vehicle, or are asked to, please stand and wait in the area indicated and marked with a cone.
  • Maintain a suitably distanced from the vehicle whilst the inspection is carried out.

During the Appointment/Inspection the Officer may:

  • Collect any or all documents from the vehicle if not received digitally or by post
  • Verify documents as required
  • Take a telephone contact number so fee payments can be taken over the phone
  • Required you to leave the vehicle and wait in the designated zone
  • Check the fire extinguisher, first aid kit and meter where applicable
  • Apply any required signage to the vehicle where appropriate
  • Deposit your documents and licence in the boot of the vehicle

We will attempt to get the appointment carried out as quickly and efficiently as possible but please be aware that due to movement restrictions within the council buildings appointments may take longer than normal - Please be patient with us!

Please note documents posted will be scanned and stored securely until they can be returned.

Please Note: Licences must be renewed. Do not allow your licence to expire unless you have registered your intention to take up one of the special emergency measures listed above, if you are not able to follow the advice please contact the licensing office.


COVID-19 prevention advice for Taxi Drivers

This document includes the latest advice from the government. However, this information is frequently changing and being updated. Please check regularly and follow the latest government safer travel guidance for passengers available on the government website.

Additional Driver and Passenger Protection

We are aware that drivers are taking additional steps to protect themselves and their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic including putting in place thorough cleaning regimes for their vehicle interior surfaces, where possible using EPOS machines rather than cash and providing disinfectant wipes after each journey. Drivers have also been encouraged to have and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 per cent alcohol in their cars.

In addition to the standard precautions that taxi drivers should be taking during the Covid-19 outbreak there are a number of new products that have been launched to help Taxi Drivers further protect themselves and their passengers during the pandemic.

Those Drivers that want to continue working in their licensed vehicle may wish to consider installing a temporary shield between the front and rear passenger compartments for added protection. There are a number of different such products on the market some of which can even be fitted to saloon vehicles. We are aware of a number of local suppliers and installers.

If you decide to install such equipment you are advised that you must:

  • Provide details of the shield and how it will be fixed to the licensing office for approval
  • Notify the licensing office that you have:
    • installed a shield
    • provide vehicle and plate details
    • photographs of the installation
  • The shield can only be placed to separate the front and rear of the vehicle and should not separate the front passenger from the driver seat
  • Check that your insurance will not be invalidated due to the vehicle alteration and obtain confirmation from your provider in writing
  • Ensure that the shield is securely fitted to avoid passengers getting tangled or tripping
  • The installation must not interfere with the safety features in the vehicle

Drivers should note the fitting of such equipment is at the drivers and proprietors own risk. The installation details listed above should be sent to:  taxi.licensing@adur-worthing.gov.uk 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Taxis and private hire vehicles

HM Government has issued the following advice:

  • You must observe social contact rules when using taxis and private hire vehicles in England.
  • You must wear a face covering when using taxis or private hire vehicles. A taxi driver or private hire vehicle operator will be entitled to refuse to accept you if you do not wear a face covering.
  • The risk of transmission is small at 2 metres and where possible, you should maintain 2 metres distance.
  • If you cannot keep a 2 metre distance, reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a 1 metre distance where possible, and taking suitable precautions.
  • Follow the advice of the operator and driver. For example, you may be asked to sit in the back left-hand seat if travelling alone. You may want to check with your taxi or private hire operator before travelling if they have put any additional measures in place.
  • You should use contactless payment if possible, or find out if you can pay online in advance.
  • Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • When finishing your journey wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands as soon as possible.

Where you must wear face coverings: It is now law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on public transport. Such as, on or in a:

  • bus or coach
  • train or tram
  • ferry or hovercraft or other vessel
  • taxi or private hire vehicle
  • aircraft
  • cable car

You must also wear a face covering in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs from which passenger services operate. Such as:

  • airports
  • rail stations and terminals
  • the Channel Tunnel terminal in Kent 
  • ports and terminals
  • bus, coach and tram stations and terminals
  • You must also wear a face covering in other indoor settings

If you do not wear a face covering in these settings you will be breaking the law and could be fined. The fine for a first offence is £200.

Repeat offenders receiving fines either on public transport or in an indoor place will have their fines doubled on each subsequent offence up to a maximum value of £6,400. After the first offence, there will be no discount. As an example, receiving a second fine will amount to £240 and a third fine will be £800. A sixth fine and all subsequent fines will be £6,400.

These laws apply while you are in England. If travelling from any other UK nation, you will be required to wear a face covering when you enter England, regardless of the rules in the nation you are transiting from.


General Advice

I hope the information provided will assist you during these difficult times but if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at licensing.unit@adur-worthing.gov.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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