Covid19 – Information for Taxis

Covid-19 Advice for the Taxi Trade

The Welsh Government has produced new guidance for vehicle operators restarting the provision of public transport and for members of the public to safely use public transport.

For more advice please visit the follow links:

Operators
https://gov.wales/restarting-public-transport-guidance-operators

Public
https://gov.wales/travelling-safely-coronavirus-guidance-public

The Welsh Government and the Department for Transport have developed guidance for the taxi trade relating to financial support, COVID-19 infection control and health and safety advice and general advice which may help you during the coronavirus outbreak.  Please follow the links below.  If you have a specific query regarding one of your licences, please contact the Licensing Team on 01495 355485 or by email at licensing@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Taxi Trade Advice - Information to taxi and private hire licensees

http://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/support/sector-specific-content/taxi-trade-advice

and for general advice:-

https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/

We would also encourage you to sign up to Blaenau Gwent Business Hub

https://www.blaenaugwentbusinesshub.co.uk/BusinessSupport/Covid-19

Offers of assistance from the trade

We have received many offers of assistance from the trade which we have directed on to appropriate internal partners. Please continue to let us know of any additional ways in which you think you can support your local community at this time by contacting the Licensing Team.

You may also wish to consider letting others know centrally by visiting: www.gov.uk/coronavirus-support-from-business; this will help the Government to ensure all such offers are considered on a wider basis.

Assisting the trade

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months.  This may be extended if needed.  More information on the scheme is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

The above is perhaps particularly relevant to the taxi and PHV trade but it is part of the measures announced, e.g. changes to Universal Credit - more info is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19/support-for-those-affected-by-covid-19

Assistance for businesses

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.  More information on the measures is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Advice for the Taxi Trade - County Lines Gangs

To help safeguard vulnerable children and protect them from gangs, the Home Office, Institute of Licensing and CrimeStoppers are working to increase awareness among taxi and private hire vehicle drivers, and licensing staff, of the signs to spot a potential victim. County Line gangs are still very active even during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

Read more here - https://crowd.in/tVe0oO

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