Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver and Operator Support Fund 2021-22

Updated 14 July 2021

The Covid-19 Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Driver and Operator Support Fund is being administered by us on behalf of the Scottish Government. This is to help with the loss of income for taxi and private hire drivers and operators licensed in South Lanarkshire due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Operator Fund

The Operator Fund opened on Monday 28 June and closes on Friday 23 July 2021.

Please read the following information carefully before you complete the online application form.

You will need to provide supporting information with your application. This may take some time to prepare in the appropriate format. We cannot process an application without:

  • One bank statement dated within the last 3 months. This must be the account used for the business and should be in the name of the licence holder. It must show full details of the licence holder (including address) and bank. 
  • Evidence of business: You must give us evidence of your business type with your application. This can be a photo or copy of one of the following: 

    - Company - Certificate of Incorporation or Companies House registration number
    - Partnership - Partnership agreement or HMRC registration
    - Sole Trader - HMRC registration, Self-assessment documents or valid business insurance document
    - Trust - Constitution documents, HMRC registration or VAT registration document
     
  • If you are applying on behalf of a partnership, company or licence held jointly by more than one individual you must give us evidence that you have authority to claim this grant
  • Details of all previous support received from UK, Scottish or Local Government support schemes

How much is the grant and who is it for?

The purpose of this fund is to give a one-off grant payment to licensed taxi and private hire owner/operators. Each operator should make only one application regardless of the number of licences held. 

The grant is payable based on the number of vehicle licences each owner/operator holds, as follows:

  • owner/operators with one vehicle - single payment of £1,000
  • owner/operators with two to nine vehicles – single payment of £3,000
  • owner/operators with 10 - 49 vehicles – single payment of £7,000
  • owner/operators with 50 or more vehicles – single payment of £15,000

How do I know if I am eligible?

You must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You hold one or more valid taxi or private hire vehicle licences as at 3 June 2021 in South Lanarkshire 
  • Up to 3 June 2021, you have experienced a loss of income as a taxi operator or private hire operator (50% of your turnover, compared with 2019) and incurred overhead costs and expenses
  • You have been working or available for work as a taxi operator or private hire operator up to 3 June 2021 (no grant is payable for licences which are in for safekeeping)
  • You have not breached any wider COVID-19 regulations or requirements prior to local restrictions (for example received a fixed penalty notice)
  • You have no connection to a tax haven as set out in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020
  • Where a vehicle licence is held jointly by more than one individual, you have agreed authority of these individuals to claim this grant

When will I receive my payment?

Payments will be made within 4 weeks of receiving a fully completed and verified application. If we need to contact you for more information, it may delay payment.

Tax and benefits

Grant income through the Taxi and Private Hire Driver and Operator Fund is taxable and must be included as income in your tax return. Payments will fall into the 2021/22 tax year. Recipients of this support who are also in receipt of working age benefits must declare the grant to the Department of Work and Pensions so that it is taken into account when calculating benefit entitlements. The grant will be treated as capital for benefits purposes.

Enquiries

If you have an enquiry please email enquiries.operatorsfund@southlanarkshire.gov.uk. Please do not phone the Licensing Office as we are unable to deal with telephone enquiries.