Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme

Closed 27 Nov 2020

Opened 13 Nov 2020


The Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme 2020 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 30 September 2020. 

The scheme is open to taxi drivers registered in Northern Ireland only.

The support offered will be via a one off bespoke payment of £1500. 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) 2020 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 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% and 70% 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 the Taxi Drivers Financial Assistance Scheme in line with the legislation, you must apply online only.

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


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