The new sectoral package, developed following consultation with the Advisory Committee on SPSVs, will directly assist SPSV drivers in their recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing the following supports:
€3 million for the continued waiver of vehicle licence fees in 2022
€2 million for a once-off Motor Tax Refund scheme specifically for taxi and hackney operators
“There is no doubt that COVID-19 has had a detrimental effect on our Taxi industry. While our society now begins to recover from the impacts of this pandemic, I am keen to remove as many cost barriers as possible for our SPSV drivers to return to work. The €6.5 million financial package I have announced will give operators the consistent support they require over the rest of this year and into the year 2022.”
🚖Minister @EamonRyan has announced a €6.5m additional support package for Taxi, Hackney and Limousine operators.
🚖The new sectoral package will assist drivers in their recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.
In addition to the supports for the SPSV industry the Government has maintained a wide-ranging programme of supports with broad eligibility criteria for individuals and businesses which have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Many of these supports can be accessed by taxi drivers and include:
Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) This payment will continue to allow self-employed people, including SPSV drivers, to earn up to €960 over an eight-week period, net of expenses, while retaining their full PUP entitlement. This scheme has been extended to February 2022.
Enterprise Support Grant: This scheme will continue to provide business owners and self-employed drivers with a grant of up to €1,000 to restart their business which was closed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Claimants of the grant in 2020 who subsequently found themselves back on PUP in 2021, will now also be able to access the €1,000 grant for a second time if they close their PUP payment on or after 1 June 2021.