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

Last updated: 14 Jul 2021 - see all updates
Published: 18 Jan 2021

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

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

Who is eligible

For the driver element

The core criteria for the previous Coronavirus (COVID-19): Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund was as follows:

  • a taxi or private hire driver holding a valid licence for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021
  • are or have been working or available for work as a taxi or private hire driver
  • experienced loss of income (50% of turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses

For the driver element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22, a one-off grant of £1,500 is payable based on the following criteria:

  • the driver must have previously received a grant from the Taxi and Private Hire Driver Support Fund earlier in 2021
  • their local authority taxi or private hire driver licence must remain current and valid as at 3 June 2021

For the operator element

For the operator element of the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22 eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • an individual or company holding a valid taxi or private hire vehicle licence as at 3 June 2021; one claim per vehicle, generally and in particular where a licence is held jointly by a number of individuals
  • the operator must have experienced loss of income (50% of turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses

Other eligibility criteria

Both taxi and private hire drivers and taxis and private hire operators applying for support must also meet the following criteria and where necessary supply appropriate documentation to substantiate each

  • they must not have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements
  • they must not have connections to tax havens, as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (Nov.) Act 2020; or
  • applicants may be required to declare all previous support received from UK or Scottish or Local Government support schemes to provide local authorities with the necessary information to ensure payments are made correctly and compliant with EC State Aid limits/UK Government subsidy control policies

First published: 18 Jan 2021 Last updated: 14 Jul 2021 -