Taxi safety screen to fight coronavirus transmission 

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

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. 

taxi 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 ten minutes by a Toyota-qualified technician and involves no structural changes or damaging of the interior. 

The Toyota taxi 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 to ensure the initial medium-size screen is approved for use with PCO licence holders in Prius models and the full Corolla line-up. Approval has also been granted for a larger screen for use in vehicles such as the seven-seat Prius+ and RAV4 SUV.

List of compatible Toyota and Lexus models

PN1 (Medium): PW710-02001 (TfL Approved)PN2 (Large): PW710-47001 (TfL Approved)
Corolla (HB) 2019/01 FMC Gen12 Prius+ 2014/11 MMC Gen1 
Corolla (WG) 2019/01 FMC Gen12 RAV4 2015/10 MMC Gen4
Corolla (Sedan) 2019/01 FMC Gen12 RAV4 2018/11 FMC Gen5 
Auris 2012/10 FMC Gen 2RAV4 2020/06 Plug-in Hybrid
Auris 2015/05 MMC Gen2  
Toyota C-HR 2016/10 FMC Gen1  
Toyota C-HR 2019/10 MMC Gen1  
Prius 2009/05 FMC Gen3 
Prius 2015/12 FMC Gen4 
Prius 2018/12 MMC Gen4 
Prius Plug-in 2016/09 FMC 
Prius Plug-in 2019/05 MMC  
Camry 2017/09 FMC Gen5  
Camry 2018/04 FMC Gen5 
UX 2018/10 FMC Gen1 
UX300e 2020/08 Gen1 

The taxi safety screens are 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 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.” 

96 comments

      1. Hi , Do I need to inform car insurer after installtion of screen protection. Could you plz check availability of car protection for my car REG:- ND60MGO
        Thnaks

      2. Hi Hussain,
        Thanks for getting in touch.
        We would recommend checking with your insurer as to their information requirements regarding screen protection installation.
        Regarding the taxi screen, there is one available for the Prius, although we would suggest contacting your nearest Toyota centre in order to confirm the compatibility of your vehicle model.
        You can find your nearest centre, here: https://www.toyota.co.uk/forms-v2/forms?tab=pane-dealer
        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.

    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.

  2. 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.

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

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