Council offers further support to taxi and private hire trade

An additional grant is now available for taxi and private hire vehicle owners/operators.

This is in addition to the two £1,500 grants (over £12m Scottish Government funding) and further payments of £1,000 (just over £4.4m of the Council’s Edinburgh Discretionary Business Support Fund) we’ve allocated to each taxi and private hire driver since the start of the pandemic last March.

Vehicle owners and operators can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 each, dependent on the number of vehicles their companies operate.

Cllr Catherine Fullerton, Convenor of Regulatory Committee, said:

We’re delighted the Scottish Government has responded so positively to our requests for further support for the taxi and private hire industry.

We know all businesses have had such difficult time over the last 16 months and it was great to see drivers initially receive a £1,500 grant in April from the Scottish Government totalling over £6m. We were delighted to be able to make additional payments of £1,000 each from our Discretionary Business Support Fund, totalling just over £4.4m. We also welcomed the extension of the Scottish Government funding allowing us to pay out a further £1,500 again to all drivers last week. I would encourage vehicle owners and operators to apply for this welcome further funding via our website.

Published: June 23rd 2021