If you're a licensed taxi or private hire driver experiencing financial challenges as a result of Covid-19, and who previously received a one-off grant of £1,500, you may now be eligible for a second grant payment.
This support is separate from any other funding you may have received from the Scottish or UK Government and will be paid automatically to all those in receipt of the first payment and still holding valid licences as of 2 June 2021.
Please note, you don't need to re-apply as payments will be raised automatically.
Taxi Operators New Grant Fund
If you're a taxi operator experiencing financial challenges as a result of Covid-19, you may be eligible for a grant based on the number of vehicle licences you hold:
- Owner/operators with 1 vehicle - a single award of £1,000
- Owner/operators with 2 to 9 vehicles - a single award of £3,000
- Owner/operators with 10 to 49 vehicles - a single award of £7,000
- Owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles - a single award of £15,000
Operators will need to have experienced loss of income (50% of turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses (confirmed by self-certification).
Please note, we'll contact taxi operators directly with application requirements.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that any grants received through the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver Support Fund won't affect any Universal Credit payments you're receiving. You'll still need to declare the grant to the DWP.
You must consider any tax implications this funding may have on current financial support you are receiving including benefits.
Visit the Scottish Government website for more information.