Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme 2021

Closed 26 Feb 2021

Opened 12 Feb 2021

Overview

The Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 provides a one off financial support payment to eligible self-employed taxi drivers who were working or available for work between 22 March 2020 and 21 March 2021.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS SCHEME IS OPEN TO TAXI DRIVERS REGISTERED IN NORTHERN IRELAND ONLY.

 

The scheme will be open to Northern Ireland Taxi Drivers who had either continuous or partial insurance throughout the entire 12 month period thereby capturing applicants who weren’t eligible for the first scheme and then capturing all eligible drivers for the period 1st October 2020 until 21st March 2021.  The support offered will be via a one off bespoke payment and will be made on a pro rata basis reflecting the individual circumstances of and costs incurred by each driver.  This one off payment will be a contribution to the eligible applicant’s yearly overhead costs including PPE and recognises the financial pressures sustained by eligible taxi drivers due to Covid-19.  

Online applications for this scheme can now be submitted.

Applicants should read the scheme guidance to check eligibility before they apply.

The Scheme is open to eligible taxi drivers under the Taxi Drivers (Coronavirus, Financial Assistance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 through the powers conferred by sections 1 and 3 of The Financial Assistance Act (Northern Ireland) 2009.

The Scheme is specifically designed to provide financial assistance to taxi drivers. This assistance is provided in recognition of the continued impact of the pandemic on their trade. It recognises that self-employed taxi drivers have significant overheads, including additional PPE costs, which were not covered by payments received through the available self-employed income support schemes (SEISS). Therefore, this is additional support to that which is available to self- employed drivers through the SEISS.

The SEISS allowed individuals to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly trading profits. This separate scheme recognises that drivers have not been able to earn as much income to cover their ongoing costs, such as taxi insurance, but which they have still had to pay out.

If you consider that you are eligible for support from this Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 in line with the legislation, you must apply online only.

Support payments will only be issued when an online application has been submitted and is found to be eligible for the support payment according to the scheme’s criteria.

 

Audiences

  • All stakeholders

Interests

  • Transport