Our Hackney cab and taxi driver members are ready to do 'whatever it takes' to help keep the country moving during the coronavirus crisis, but they are facing financial ruin without immediate government support.

Sign our petition to the Prime Minister: Taxi drivers can't wait until June to be paid. 

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Taxi drivers are self-employed, the chancellor's offer of 80% of earning up to £2,500 a month for the country's 5m self-employed, matching the support given to employees, is welcomed, but making them wait until June for their first payment is not. We need payment now, not in June.

The government promised to do ‘whatever it takes’. Taxi drivers need the government to:

  • Wage support straight away. No delay, until June.

  • No means testing of Universal Credit or other benefits.

  • Suspending or reducing all taxi related running costs, including licence plate fees, monthly radio fees, rental fees and insurance payments for taxis not on the road.

  • Backing loan repayment holidays for private hire vehicles and moratoriums on marking down drivers’ credit files.

  • Emergency interim payments to keep the taxi on the road.

  • Reviewing the licensing regime and stop all payments for licences, with a three month temporary extension for those expected to renew in the next 12 months.

  • Provide or reimburse taxi drivers still on the road with the protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep them safe.