HULL CITY COUNCIL ISSUES SECOND £500 GRANT FOR ALL HACKNEY AND PH DRIVERS
Hull City Council has issued a second £500 grant for all 170 hackney carriage drivers and over 1000 private hire drivers.
PHTM has received this email from Peter Nilsson, Chairman of Hull Hackney Carriage Association, who worked so hard to ensure all Hull drivers could claim this initial grant: "I would like to start by thanking Hull City Council. Every taxi driver who applied in November and December for the £500 grant issued by Hull City Council actually received it.
"Today we have been told that all those drivers who received this first £500 will now have another £500 put in their bank accounts within 48 hours - they do not have to reapply. However, if a driver has not as yet received the first £500 grant, they will now receive £1,000 once their application is finalised.
"Whilst this is nowhere near the amount our trade has lost because of this virus, £1,000 in drivers accounts is a godsend and it will certainly help towards drivers bills for the next couple of months.
"So once again, THANK YOU HULL CITY COUNCIL. This grant will help many members of our trade through this very difficult time.
"I would also like to thank Liza and all at PHTM. What you have done throughout this pandemic has really been above and beyond. You have kept drivers informed. You have given drivers hope. Councils read PHTM and follow your page, and I believe that the stories you have reported and features written, as well as drivers comments on these stories, have made certain councils look at what is happening to the taxi trade .
"As Hull Hackney Carriage Association Chairman, I see how important it is for trade associations from different areas to talk to each other. This enables us to learn, and so improve the taxi trade in our own areas.
"PHTM is a major part in that. Without PHTM, we wouldn’t know as much as we do about taxi issues throughout the country.
"THANK YOU ALL. I for one appreciate all your hard work. Keep it up."
PHTM would also like to thank Hull City Council for supporting our trade and we truly hope that other councils will now dig deep and find some money to support our drivers.