Updated April 9, 2021
Apply For PPP Before May 31st Deadline: Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported extending the PPP last month, moving the deadline to May 31 from March 31. The program, which was established by the CARES Act last year to provide small businesses with loans that are forgivable if mostly spent on payroll, reopened in January for a second round with more than $284 billion in funding. Drivers are encouraged to apply for PPP loans through their financial institutions before funding runs out.
For-hire vehicle who are self-employed or work as independent contractors became eligible to take part in the federal government’s small businesses relief program. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) offers emergency, low-interest loans to pay up to 8 weeks of wages, commissions, income, or net earnings from self-employment or similar compensation. For drivers, the PPP loan funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. If the funds are used for these purposes, and at least 75% goes towards income, then the loan will be forgiven.
For any portion of the PPP loan that is not forgiven, the interest rate on any unforgiven amount is 1%, and the term is 2 years. The PPP loans require no collateral, no guarantees, or loan fees. The amount of the driver’s loan will be based on actual prior earnings. Drivers will be required to submit documentation to establish eligibility, including payroll tax filings reported to the IRS, Forms 1099-MISC, and/or income and expenses from the sole proprietorship.
Drivers should apply through their own individual banking institutions. The loan can be used it to pay themselves and it would be 100% forgiven.
Update The DFHV On Renewed Licenses: Recently, several drivers have experienced temporary shut-downs due to the DFHV having incomplete driver records. To prevent future shut-downs, drivers are encouraged the contact the DFHV at (202) 645-7300 each time they renew their Face ID, Driver’s Licenses, Vehicle Registration or Vehicle Inspection.
For-Hire Driver Vaccine Information:
DC is currently vaccinating individuals who fall into the Phase 1C Tier 1 category, which includes those between the ages 16 and 64 years and older with a chronic medical condition. For-hire vehicles operators will be eligible to receive the vaccine in DC under the next category – Phase 1C Tier 2. Currently, there is no confirmed timeframe for Tier 2 opening. However, you are encouraged to take advantage of any category that you are eligible for to get vaccinated, either in DC or in the state in which you reside.
DC, Maryland and Virginia have different schedules and phases for the vaccine. Different groups are eligible depending on each jurisdictions’ definitions. Please visit DFHV’s Driver’s Resource page for more information on DC, Maryland and Virginia’s vaccine schedules. For more information on DC’s vaccination process, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccine.
Vaccination Updates for Drivers:
This week, the District will continue to use the vaccinate.dc.gov appointment portal and call center.
Appointments will open at 9:00 AM on Thursday and Friday for DC residents. Just for this week, vaccine appointments will not open to members of eligible workforce groups. On Thursday, March 4 at 9:00 AM, approximately 5,750 appointments will open to the following DC residents who live in priority zip codes:
- DC residents who live in priority zip codes and are 65 and older
- DC residents who live in priority zip codes and are 18-64 with a qualifying medical condition
On Friday, March 5 at 9:00 AM, approximately 5,750 appointments will open to the following DC residents in any zip code:
- DC residents 65 and older
- DC residents 18-64 with a qualifying medical condition
The priority zip codes are focused in Wards 5, 7, and 8 and include: 20422, 20011, 20017, 20018, 20002, 20001, 20019, 20020, 20032, 20593. Priority zip codes include areas of the city where residents are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including number of cases and mortality rate. Wards 5, 7, and 8 are being prioritized because they have the lowest percentages of residents who are 65 and older who have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
Beginning next week, the District will switch over to a pre-registration system for making vaccination appointments.
- Under the new system, individuals will be able to provide their information to DC Health through a pre-registration website or by calling the District’s call center.
- As appointments are made available, individuals who have pre-registered will receive an email, phone call, and/or text message alerting them that they have an opportunity to make a vaccination appointment.
- Equity will continue to be a top priority, and DC Health will continue to set aside appointments for residents living in priority zip codes.
Residents who are unsure whether they qualify for the vaccine based on a qualifying medical condition should contact their health care provider. You are encourage to check with your jurisdiction on available vaccines in your area.
2020 Tax Documents:
Earlier this month, all 1099 tax documents were mailed to the address we have on file for each driver. If you did not receive your 1099 or if you are in need of your expense report, we ask that drivers email email@example.com. A staff member will reply to your email with the a copy of your document(s). If you lost your 1099 and need a duplicate copy, it will cost $5.00.
National Cherry Blossom Festival:
We have partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. They have already agreed to put our contact and booking information on their website as a participating partner. Like every year, our vehicles will display their new version of cherry blossom decals. We will be the only cab company in the city partner with them. We will begin distributing the decals in the coming days.
Safety Partition Extension:
The DFHV recently extended regulations that affect District taxicab operators and vehicle owners. Beginning October 19, 2020, all District taxis were required to have a safety partition between the front and rear seats of the vehicle. The safety partitions are intended to keep drivers and passengers safe by helping to minimize the spread of infectious disease. This requirement resulted from an emergency rulemaking that expired January 8, 2021. Due to the continuing public health emergency, DFHV recently issued a second emergency rulemaking extending the safety partitions requirements through May 15, 2021.Copies of the emergency rulemaking can be obtained at dcregs.dc.gov or by emailing DFHV at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Transportation Alliance ‘Media Watch’: With TTA’s ‘Media Watch’, a source that compiles the most relevant articles in transportation news, drivers will be able to stay up to date on the latest happenings in the industry. View news articles updated April1, 2021 here.
New DFHV Rules Allow Taxis to Operate Longer: The DFHV is announcing implementation of rulemaking that extends the vehicle retirement age for taxis from 8 to 10 years, and allows taxicabs to stay on the road with a maximum odometer mileage of 300,000 rather than 315,000 miles. Both changes are addressing the industry’s economic challenges under the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by allowing vehicles to operate longer, thus providing more opportunities for taxi drivers to increase earnings. Read the DFHV announcement here.
New Yellow Cab Smartphone App: We have rolled out the newest version of our smartphone app for customers. Customers have began to download and use the app in the short time we have had it available. While this doesn’t change any procedures for drivers, we encourage download and become familiar with the app. http://bit.ly/2fAjvx1
No Paper Vouchers – Yellow Cab drivers should not be collecting paper vouchers during the COVID-19 crisis. This measure has been put in place for the safety of all passengers, drivers and Yellow Cab staff members. Yellow Cab will ensure that all drivers are paid for all account trips . If you are missing a payment for a account job, please e-mail email@example.com with the trip information.
Taxicab ADA Brochure Frequently Asked Questions on Taxi PDF version: This brochure outlines in question and answer format taxicab companies’ responsibilities under the ADA and is geared toward managers and owners.