To ask the Minister for Transport if he will respond to calls for a review of the taxi hardship scheme.
Answered by the Minister for Transport (Martin
The Taxi Hardship Payments Scheme is based on the recommendations and parameters set out in the Taxi Hardship Panel Report, as approved by Government. Payments under the Scheme do not represent compensation but rather compassionate payments in respect of extreme personal financial hardship.
The Taxi Hardship Payments Scheme is being administered by Area Development Management Limited (ADM) on behalf of my Department and the process is nearing completion.
I have no proposals to make payments over and above those recommended by the Taxi Hardship Panel nor are there any proposals to reopen either the terms of the Taxi Hardship Panel Report or the Government's decision in relation to it.