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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mallon receives new powers to provide further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers
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Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today received support from the Executive for her plans to provide a further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers.

This new scheme will provide financial assistance to taxi-drivers whose insurance did not cover the full six month period of the existing scheme and will provide further assistance for all drivers from 1 October until the end of this financial year. 

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Minister Mallon said: “This pandemic continues to present very real and worrying challenges for many people. Recognising this I am bringing in a further financial assistance scheme for taxi-drivers. This means that drivers who have benefitted from the first £1,500 scheme will be eligible to apply for a further £1,500 towards unavoidable overhead costs. The first scheme provided payments of £1,500 to over 4,100 taxi drivers, with some 90% of applications being processed for payment by the end of this week. The remaining applications unfortunately did not meet the criteria for the scheme due to discontinuous insurance cover. 

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I understand why some of these drivers changed their insurance so they could save money when they could not get any work. I have always been focused on helping those in need and that is why the second scheme will provide a payment to them based on the period of time that registered drivers had the relevant insurance to drive a taxi.” 

Concluding the Minister said: “This scheme will open in early February once all of the required regulations are in place. As I demonstrated with the first financial assistance scheme, my priority is to get the scheme opened as quickly as possible and for processing and payments to be made to eligible taxi-drivers without delay. My Department will publish further details and ensure that steps are put in place to ensure clear communication with drivers as quickly as possible.” 

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Details about eligibility requirements and how to apply will be made available as soon as possible.

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