Sign of the times: Taxis and private vehicles line up near the Fai Chai intersection on the Prannok-Kanchanaphisek road to receive food from Wat Tha Chang and Wat Rakhang Khositaram in Bangkok in February. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)
About 16,000 elderly taxi and motorbike drivers will each receive 10,000 baht in aid to help compensate for the lack of activity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Labor Minister Suchart Chomklin said on Tuesday.
Mr Suchart said he had asked the cabinet for a special payment for motorcycle taxi and taxi drivers aged 65 and over, as they were not eligible for help under Section 40 social security law.
The proposal had been endorsed by the cabinet and acknowledged by Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob.
Mr Suchart said around 1.6 billion baht of budget funding would be allocated and distributed to around 16,000 taxi drivers.
They would be paid 5,000 baht each over two consecutive months, or 10,000 baht in total.
Asked when the money would be released, Mr Suchart said it would depend on Mr Saksayam, the transport minister.
The Ministry of Transport would select recipients from those on the list of public transport driver’s license holders.