Tripling of COVID-19 support for taxi drivers has been welcomed by local Stirling politicians

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Stirling SNP MSP Bruce Crawford and Councillor Evelyn Tweed have welcomed extra financial support for Stirling’s private hire and taxi drivers.

Eligible drivers now will be able to claim a grant of £1,500 to cover fixed costs. 

The new amount is triple of what was available last year.

A fund of 57 million pounds has been available to taxi and private hire drivers. Which is three times more than the allocated funding in December.

Commenting on the funding Bruce Crawford said: “I welcome this funding announcement from the SNP Scottish Government.

“Many taxi and private hire drivers in Stirling have gone above and beyond the call of duty by providing vital transport for key workers and safely transporting people to hospital appointments during this pandemic.

“This substantial increase in support will go some way in supporting drivers and the industry through what has been a particularly tough time due to this dreadful virus.”

Local Councillor Evelyn Tweed said: “Despite the restrictions, many fixed costs have still remained for drivers, such as general maintenance, licence plate fees, rental fees and insurance payments.

“This increase in funding will help cover these expensive costs.

“I would urge firms and Stirling Council to get in touch with each other quickly to ensure this support can get to where it’s needed as soon as possible.”

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