The local private hire and taxi industry provide a vital service in the community and the collapse of this trade will be to the detriment of the whole community. Authorities throughout the UK are helping their local cabbies by providing cash grants and meeting the cost of making vehicles safe. The government has reiterated many times that they have made funding available for this purpose to local authorities and they can provide discretionary financial assistance to those businesses and trades in their area who have been hardest hit due to the ongoing lockdown.
We have approached Harlow Council on numerous occasions, unfortunately they have not responded to our pleas for help. The neighbouring authorities of Basildon and Chelmsford have allocated cash grants to all of their drivers.
We are all in this together and are not asking for special treatment, we would like a fair and equitable consideration for help to which our colleagues working in neighbouring areas have been granted.
This ePetition ran from 26/01/2021 to 09/06/2021 and has now finished.
327 people signed this ePetition.