For-hire drivers can apply online for financial assistance
September 21, 2020 — Transportation & Public Works

Miami-Dade County taxicab, jitney, and limousine drivers with a valid chauffeur’s registration as of March 1 who have been impacted by novel coronavirus COVID-19 may be eligible to receive financial assistance from the Emergency Fund Program (EFP).

The total funds available through this program is $10 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. 

Priority will be given to licensed for-hire drivers who have not been approved or received funds from any institution under the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP) or other federal or state assisted business loan program.

The $10 million from the program will be distributed based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $2,800 per driver. The application is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

For taxicab, jitney, and limousine drivers, these funds can provide relief for COVID-19 impacts by covering eligible expenses in four categories:

  • Reimbursable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) costs
  • Reimbursable vehicle operation expenses
  • Reimbursable business expenses needed to keep the business operational
  • Reimbursable rent or mortgage

These eligible costs must occur between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 30, 2020 and all fund allocations will need to be substantiated by documentation provided by the applicant.

For questions regarding the EFP or the application process, email the Passenger Transportation Regulatory Division.

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