Grant for licensed Winchester taxi drivers residence outside Winchester

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Grant for licensed Winchester taxi drivers residence outside Winchester

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akeel khan started this petition to Steve Brine and

Winchester City Council has received funds (The additional restrictions grant) ARG grants This money was released by the central government to most councils in late 2020 early 2021. Taxi drivers who have been licensed in most cases for over 15 years by Winchester city council have been denied any grant because they live outside the catchment area.

Operating out of their vehicles, Taxi drivers pay a license fee to Winchester City Council. The value of this fee is unrelated to their home address. Equally, this principle should apply to the grant scheme. By excluding drivers from neighboring districts, the Council is intentionally omitting to grant aid to those working under their license. Consequently, one would assume they are discriminating based on one’s residential status. These are not for the loss of earnings but are solely to cover vehicle rentals, Insurance cover, HP vehicle payments, etc. 

I am sure the Council is aware of the preponderance of non-residential drivers among the taxi drivers in Winchester, giving you all the more reason to change the eligibility criteria.

Winchester City council have said they followed the government guideline for ARG scheme in which they got the discretion to set their own policy looks like they used that discretion to exclude all drivers living outside the catchment area who have been paying Winchester City Council for over 3 decades. 

These are the same drivers who worked when covid hit UK these are the same drivers who sent much aid to Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester (Wessex Cars) these are the same drivers who transported passengers to and from the hospital. Same drivers Who gave a discounted price to NHS staff who were working nonstop and the drivers were available 24 hours a day. Also, the same drivers helping all the nursing homes and elderly people get their medication from pharmacies and groceries because they could not leave their homes. 

Southampton City council a neighboring borough has changed its policy Winchester who follows everything else from Southampton will not follow this and this is the council who we pay our fees to every year and meet all their criteria to get a license from Winchester which includes Medicals forms, knowledge test, M.O.T for our Winchester licensed taxis, Training programs for wheelchair passengers, safe driving, and nationally recognized qualifications. 

 

 

 

 

 

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