Boost for taxi industry war against killer virus
A CAPE TOWN company has developed a world first conversion to the standard air-ventilation system in vehicles that can be effective in the fight against Covid19.
Holding company CanbiGold said it had designed a conversion to the standard air-ventilation system in vehicles for the dispersion of hypochlorous acid, proven to be effective in the fight against the coronavirus.
CanbiGold chief executive Leon van der Linde said more than 200 000 minibus taxis transported in excess of 15 million commuters every day.
After the lockdown is lifted, the taxi transport industry might become an incubator for the virus, especially as it gets colder, and this could lead to further lockdowns, Van der Linde said.
“To circumvent this problem, we have become the first company in the world to develop a system for the dispersal of an anti-viral and anti-bacterial disinfectant into vehicles,” he said.
The US Federal Drug Administration-approved disinfectant is scientifically proven to kill both viruses and bacteria on general and hospital surfaces.
It has also been shown to kill viruses such as the Avian influenza A (H5N1) virus and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
It was added to the list of disinfectants for use against the Covid-19 virus, published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US last month.
Van der Linde said South Africa had some of the most stringent lockdown restrictions.
“When things return to ‘normality’, and people start using mass transport networks, we once again open ourselves up to infection.
“Our ViroGold Taxi Sanitiser Protocol includes the air ventilation diffuser system, as well as hand sanitiser and mask spray, which is non-toxic and safe to inhale.
“This will ensure that the entire cabin or vehicle is sanitised and safe for the transport of commuters,” he said.
The company intended to focus on the taxi industry initially as it was the country’s most sensitive public transport system at present, Van der Linde said.
“We plan to roll it out to other mass transport concerns such as bus companies in the near future,” he said.