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Coronavirus (COVID-19): funding for businesses affected by Omicron control measures

Funding for businesses affected by measures to control the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus - including the hospitality sector and taxi drivers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): funding for businesses affected by Omicron control measures
Taxis and private hire

Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022

This section provides initial information about a fund of up to £28 million to support the taxi and private hire sector.  More detailed guidance will be published shortly.

The fund was announced by the First Minister on 5 January 2022.

Funding for drivers

You may be eligible for an additional payment of £750 if:

  • you received support through the Taxi Driver and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund in 2021
  • you are still active in the sector

Applying for payment

You do not need to apply for this.

The payments are being administered by your local authority on behalf of the Scottish Government. They will be in touch with you to verify your entitlement and arrange payment. The timetable will follow.

Please don’t contact your local council about this. They are working  to provide you and other business sectors with support and funding. They will be in touch with you when they can. 

Funding for operators

You may be eligible for a grant between £750 and £15,000 if:

  • you received funding from the Taxi Driver and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund in 2021
  • you are still active in the sector

Amounts payable will be differentiated and scaled, with a base grant payable to owner-operators with one vehicle, and higher grants for those operators holding multiple vehicle licences.

The grant payable is based on the number of vehicle licences each company, partnership, sole trader or trust (operator) holds, and which are currently active, as follows:

  • owner/operators with one vehicle  - a single award of £750;
  • operators with two to nine vehicles - a single award of £3,000;
  • operators with 10 - 49 vehicles  - a single award of £7,000; and
  • operators with 50 or more vehicles – a single award of £15,000.

These awards take account of costs arising from the operation of booking offices, where appropriate.  Some elements of conditionality will be set out in a further update, relating to reductions in rental costs for drivers, and payment of the real Living Wage to booking office employees.

Applying for the payment

You do not need to apply for this.

The payments are being administered by your local authority on behalf of the Scottish Government. They will be in touch with you to verify your entitlement and arrange payment. The timetable will follow.

Please don’t contact your local council about this. They are working to provide you and other business sectors with support and funding. They will be in touch with you when they can. 

This support is in addition to any other funding you may have received previously from the Scottish or UK Government such as the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and the COVID-19 Public Transport Mitigation Fund.

Other funds available

Local authorities will be making separate payments to eligible drivers and operators from the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2022.  This is a different fund from the ones on this page.  

Details of these will be published shortly. 

First published: 7 Jan 2022 Last updated: 18 Jan 2022 -