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A POSTCODE LOTTERY


PLEA TO COUNCILS, LICENSING OFFICERS AND MPs: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?


Funding has been made available to you in to order to ensure that businesses survive this pandemic. This is for ALL businesses, not just those forced to close or those that have a non-domestic rates account for business premises. So why has our industry been forgotten and ignored by so many?


We are asking for the support that our trade deserves and to which they are entitled, in much the same way as all other industries and businesses within your boroughs or districts.


All our drivers’ information is registered with the council to whom they pay their licensing fees. We are in lockdown - the third one in ten months with no end date in sight - so there can be no doubt that their income has been affected.


This should have been an easy and automatic process.


We are now imploring all councils to dig deep, find the money NOW to properly support our trade and make it simple to claim – before it’s too late and there is no trade left to support.


We are aware that many licensing officers and managers are as frustrated as we are, so if you think that your council is not offering enough assistance to drivers then please support our trade and join us in our campaign!


We have produced an initial table of grants on the following pages. This information has been collated using email responses from councils and from social media surveys directed to drivers and may therefore be incomplete, but they do give a good reflection of the situation across the country.


We apologise in advance if they contain any inaccurate information, and would invite any local authority or driver to correct such inaccuracies and/or provide an update for our next edition.


To be clear, the reality is that due to this continued lack of financial support, licensed drivers are handing their vehicle plates and badges back in droves; we have all seen the distressing images of taxis parked up in their thousands.


FEBRUARY 2021


We will then share this information on social media and send a copy to Government with the crucial questions:


Where has all the money gone?


Where is our industry’s share of these councils’ grant allocations?


You have been warned – our trade could be on the verge of extinction without immediate funding!


THE FIGHT BEGINS NOW CLAIM THE GRANTS


THAT OUR DRIVERS ARE ENTITLED TO


JOIN US IN THE BATTLE SHARE THIS FEATURE


PHTM: info@phtm.co.uk


NPHTA: info@nphta.co.uk


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We predict that if you do not act now – when the country opens again and you need our drivers – our trade’s numbers will be decimated. There will not be enough licensed hackney, private hire and chauffeur drivers to work in all weathers, 24/7, 365 days to ferry the young, the elderly, the professionals, the holidaymakers, the students, the schoolchildren, the drunks, the sick, thevulnerable and the disabled to ensure that they and the general public always reach their destination safely and on time.


What chaos and extra burden would this be for any council?


We will update these tables over the next three weeks with any new information you wish to supply. However, in the March issue of PHTM we intend to publish a full list and name and shame ALL those councils who continue to do nothing, or offer paltry support for our drivers.


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