The taxi industry will launch the Anti-epidemic Name Tag for Taxi Drivers Scheme to encourage taxi drivers to participate in the Universal Community Testing Programme (UCTP), the Transport Department (TD) said today.


Under the UCTP, to be launched on September 1, participants whose test results are negative will be notified via SMS.


Taxi drivers who have received the SMS messages can collect the tag at about 30 taxi trade organisations joining the scheme after verification of the information.


The tag will show the taxi driver’s name, identity plate number and date of receipt of the negative test result. Taxi drivers will display the tag at a prominent position inside the vehicle compartment.


The scheme is voluntary, free of charge and no prior booking is required.


The list of taxi trade organisations joining the scheme will be posted on the TD’s website.


The department appealed to the public transport sector to actively participate in the UCTP with a view to achieving the target of early identification of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients to cut the community transmission chain.


It said it will observe the implementation of both the UCTP and the scheme and explore repeated testing for taxi drivers depending on the epidemic’s developments.