Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers will receive a one-time fuel and energy subsidy

Local taxi drivers who meet certain conditions will receive a one-time fuel and energy subsidy of up to MOP 12,000 (USD 1,484) from September, as part of a series of policies aimed at mitigating the impact of the pandemic on the local economy.

The aid is ordered to benefit 4,000 taxi drivers and amounts to a total of MOP 51 million in subsidies.

According to an announcement from the Transport Bureau, the grant will be given to taxi drivers who hold or have held a valid taxi driver’s identity card issued by the DSAT between January 1 and July 31 this year; have accumulated 35 hours of activity during the respective period; and are not eligible for other pandemic employment support policies.

If the beneficiaries also simultaneously qualify for one of the types of cash support under another free professions support policy, only the amount exceeding the difference between the fuel and energy subsidy, i.e. approximately 2,000 MOP, will be awarded.

DSAT will launch the online consultation system from August 22 for taxi drivers to consult beneficiary data and respective information, with the subsidy to start disbursing in September.

Since the last community outbreak in Macao SAR, local authorities have launched interim measures to support taxi drivers and license holders.

These included the return of the collection of road tax on rental cars for the year 2022, the exemption/reimbursement of the costs of issuing the identity card of taxi drivers and inspection costs. periodic taxis, and exemption until the end of the current year from payment of the fee for the West Auto-Silo at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.

Last month, the authorities promised a new round of support measures worth a total of MOP 10 billion, including one-off grants for employees, the self-employed and businesses; exemption from tourist tax; a fuel subsidy for the taxi sector; and others.

These measures are in addition to the new round of e-vouchers, a MOP 300 million scheme to subsidize businesses for hiring local staff and other support measures proposed by the administration earlier this year.