RESIDENTS of a borough have been urged to wear facemasks or other face coverings when travelling in taxis.

Pendle Council leader Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said the move was in line with the government's guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

He also urged taxi drivers to place individual passengers in the back left-hand seat for vehicles and reduce occupancy in larger taxis to help keep a safe distance.

Cllr Iqbal said: “We’re following the latest government guidelines which advises taxi passengers to wear face coverings where social distancing of two metres isn’t possible.

“We have contacted all taxi operators in Pendle to ask them to carefully consider the recent updates on taxi travel o make it as safe as possible for both passengers and drivers,” Cllr Iqbal added.