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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund

Published: 18 Jan 2021
Last updated: 16 Jun 2021 - see all updates

Grants to support taxi and private hire drivers and operators in Scotland.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund
What you can get and when

What  you can get and when

What you can get

The Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22 assumes that local councils will making separate payments to eligible drivers and operators, based on distinct criteria, and capped by each individual local council at £10,000 in total for both elements, , with the exception of owner/operators with fifty or more vehicles.

For the driver element

For the driver element local councils will make a payment of a further £1,500 to all drivers who previously received a grant under the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund.

For the operator element

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 is payable based on the number of vehicle licences each owner/operator holds, as follows.

  • owner/operators with one vehicle  - a single award of £1,000
  • owner/operators with two to nine vehicles - a single award of £3,000
  • owner/operators with 10 - 49 vehicles  - a single award of £7,000 or
  • owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles – a single award of £15,000

How the grant will be provided

Local councils will administer the grants and will be responsible for delivering the funding to eligible taxi and private hire drivers and licenced private hire and taxi operators. The Scottish Government will fund local councils to make these payments.

When you will get the grant

For the driver element

Local councils will begin to process payments towards the end of week commencing 7 June 2021, or earlier if possible. Payments will be made into a business bank account, where possible, and personal accounts.

For the operator element

Local councils will begin to contact all eligible vehicle licence holders from mid-June to brief them on their potential entitlement and invite them to provide relevant supporting information and bank details. Local councils will aim to make payments in June/July, subject to receiving any relevant supporting information required, and where the eligibility criteria have all been met.

Payments will be made into a business bank account, where possible, and personal accounts.


First published: 18 Jan 2021 Last updated: 16 Jun 2021 -