News, financial assistance, support and relevant information that might help ride-hailing drivers are centralised in this article. Every app Covid-19 action, statement and initiative is available here too.
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30/03 TfL has announced that every MOT and Vehicle Licence due from the 30th March 2020 will be extended for a period of 6 months. Here is the full statement:
30/03 Uber is offering Free rides and meals to NHS staff. The commission on these rides will be paid to drivers.
26/03 The governent has confirmed that Private Hire and Taxis can still continues to operate following the lockdown in the UK.
26/03 The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak , has annouced that self-employed drivers are eligible for a monthly grant of 80% of their normal monthly income. This is calcucated from the average earnings over the last 3 years.
The key points are:
• Grant available for 3 months and up to £2,500.
• Drivers can claim grant and continue working.
• Grant available for those with trading profit up to £50,000;
• Drivers must have filed a tax return for 2018/19 (even if it was late).
• HMRC will contact you directly and ask you to fill in a form by June 2020.
• Drivers must have their main income from self-employment.
For full details about the grant scheme self-employed drivers, please visit HMRC website.
26/03 Government support for Self-employed people, drivers included, should be announced today by the Chancellor.
25/03 Ola announces 50% off for NHS Staff on 10 rides.
24/04 Uber announced that it is going to carry on its services following the government lockdown statement.
23/03 London and the rest of the UK is now officially under a quasi lockdown situation. A statement from the apps is expected.
Leaving home is now only allowed for:
1- Shopping for basic necessities. 2- Exercising once a day. 3- Medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. 4- Travelling to and from work.
22/03 Government to look at financial help for Self-employed people.
20/03 Raising call to release Uber Clean Air Fee to support drivers.
20/03 TfL suspends Congestion and ULEZ charges until further notice.
19/03 ViaVan is stopping its services until further notice.
18/03 Otto Cars reduce its weekly Rent-To-Buy and Car Hire fees by 50%.
17/03 Bolt Driver centres are closing until further notice.
17/03 Uber is ceasing its Pool services on the app to avoid any Virus spread through it.
16/03 Kapten Driver Centres are closing until further notice.
16/03 Ola is closing its walk-in centres until further notice.
16/03 First Bolt statement about Covid-19.
12/03 ViaVan is closing its Driver Centre until further notice.
06/03 First Kapten statement about Covid-19.
05/03 First Ola Coronavirus statement.
04/03 First Uber statement regarding the Coronavirus.
28/03 First ViaVan statement about Covid-19.
Potential Public Help
Self Employment & Universal Credit
Employment & Support Allowance
Covid-19 Small Business Government Grant
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
Uber to provide cleaning material to drivers.
Uber to assist financially drivers diagnosed by Covid-19.
Uber stopped its Pool Services due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Bolt to help drivers diagnosed with Covid-19. A grant of £100 per week for two weeks.
Bolt statement about Covid-19.
Kapten is looking for new ways for drivers to use the App. Delivery of important goods and transportation of key workers are among the options.
Ola is extending its 0% offer by 4 weeks. It is now available until the 22nd of April.
ViaVan has ceased all operation in London following the sharp increase of Covid-19 cases in London.
ViaVan offer financial assistance to drivers diagnosed with Covid-19.