Updated: Aug 27
Liverpool's biggest black taxi firm has seen bookings rise by 20% week on week in August when compared to data collected in July.
ComCab, who also operate in both London and Aberdeen, have attributed the growth in Liverpool to the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme. Under the Government lead scheme, which is set to finish at the end of the month, restaurants have been able to offer subsidised meals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August.
Work levels in the taxi industry remain low, but there is optimism that September could spark the return of more regular work.
Karen Long, ComCab General Manager, said: “Some sectors are just surviving, not thriving at the moment. The drop off in taxi business had been at critical levels. With school runs, tourism and hospitality all shutting down, passenger bookings plummeted. The Eat Out To Help scheme has been a green shoot in our recovery. And now we can’t wait until September when the schools open and drivers pick back up the Local Authority work that will get even more drivers back on the move.”
ComCab offer only locally licensed black cab drivers on their platform, all driving purpose built and partitioned vehicles. The firm urged customers in Liverpool to support the local economy by using the cabs available to them on their doorstep.
Long added: “As the city gets on the move we are seeing a good number of passengers using taxis because they don’t feel comfortable on public transport. Black cab is the safest form of public transport due to the driver being separated by a screen and the use of card payments. I urge the people of Liverpool to support their local economy and think twice before booking a taxi that might have come in from another city.”