search.noResults

search.searching

dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
...FOR SOME NOT ALL


CORONAVIRUS FUNDING PACKAGE IS BEING SET UP FOR NORTHERN IRELAND TAXI AND PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS


Stormont ministers have announced a pack- age to provide financial assistance to the taxi, private bus and coach sectors. The Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon had formally requested new powers to set up a hardship scheme for taxi and private hire drivers whose trade has collapsed dur- ing the pandemic. She wrote to First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill asking for powers to establish the scheme. Under the terms of the 2009 Financial Assistance Act, the minister can establish a support scheme if it can be proven “excep- tional circumstances” warrant the move. The Infrastructure Minister has now been granted the power to administer the scheme, which they say will be developed urgently. First Minister Arlene Foster said: “Covid-19 has had an enormously damaging impact on all sectors of business and services. “The operators of taxis, private buses and coaches have faced a significant reduction in demand for their services, yet their over-


Nichola Mallon


heads have continued. “It is absolutely right that they should be able to avail of financial assistance to sustain them through this difficult time and I hope they will take some comfort in the knowl- edge that support will be forthcoming.” Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The Executive is committed to providing all possible support to businesses and workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The taxi, private bus and coach sectors have been negatively impacted through loss


of earnings, and many have shouldered the cost of implementing safety measures to ensure the safety of their customers. “I’m pleased that the Executive’s support schemes will soon include a bespoke fund- ing package to alleviate the hardship being faced by workers in these sectors.” A number of drivers had joined together in a group called Concerned Taxi Drivers to press for Executive action on the issue. Solicitor Darragh Mackin, who represents the group, welcomed the move by the min- ister.“We warmly welcome the ongoing engagement with the minister and her offi- cials in trying to reach a resolution of the issues with respect to the taxi industry,” he said.“Today is a very significant step for the taxi industry whereby the minister has now sought the necessary statutory powers to bring about a scheme that will resolve the current financial crisis that has struck the industry.” PHTM hopes there are similar Government support schemes on the way for the rest of our trade in England, Scotland and Wales.!!


good dri er? Ar ou ae y


v


with prefere We’re r ware


t


rding good drivers ential rates!


As specialist private hire insurance brokers, SEIB have the necessary expertise to make your life easier.


We use a reliable U UK based insurer providing discounted


premiums for drivers with clean driving records. If y believe you’re a good driver, why not reap the rewa


rds? you


BREAKDOWN COVER · LE


EGAL EXPENSES · PERSONAL ACCIDENT GA


 


  to speak to 


*Terms and conditions apply. and regulated by the Financial Co


 onduct Authority. (local call charges apply)  NOVEMBER 2020


AP COVER · LIABILITY · CYBER COVER · PUB our


r private hire insurance experts.   


LIC & EMPLOYERS’ LIABILITY


17


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104