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Cab drivers hail support from States

Cab drivers hail support from States

Wednesday 08 July 2020

Cab drivers hail support from States

Visitor-reliant taxi firms and their employees can now apply to the payroll co-funding until the end of September, after calling on the States for more support.

The payroll co-funding scheme will be extended to the taxi sector for another three months, after the States "reviewed representations" made by taxi drivers, some of whom have been hit hard by border controls and the lack of visitor trade.

Policy & Resources Vice-President Lyndon Trott, who leads on financial support measures, acknowledged that the States ia already supporting other industries that rely on tourists through the payroll scheme. 

“We know there are some taxi and private car drivers who are very reliant on trade from both inbound and outbound holidaymakers as well as business travellers," he said.

"The journeys they make to and from hotels or the airport account for a lot of their income in normal times. We’re already supporting other sectors that depend on visitors including accommodation providers, restaurants, retail and others, and it’s appropriate that taxi drivers receive the same support.”

Through the payroll co-funding scheme, those that demonstrate their business is being impacted can apply for 80% or 100% of the minimum wage for employees, or for themselves if they are self-employed.

Pictured top: Taxis waiting for customers at the airport pre-lockdown. 

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