Cabbie who made just £18 during eight-hour shift left close to tears as he begs for help

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A heartbreaking video shows a cabbie pleading for help after making just £18 in one day as a result of the latest national lockdown.

An emotional Harry McKean said he had worked an eight-and-a-half hour day but didn't even make £20.

The Glasgow taxi driver has even considered quitting his job to find a new career and said he is worried he won't make it through to the other side of the pandemic without financial suppport.

He added that he cannot even afford to take out another loan to tide himself over.

Speaking in the video filmed inside his cab, Harry said: "Nearly three hours now I've been out, not one hire.

"Yesterday I did an eight-and-a-half shift and recorded £18.60 earnings.

"I'm now going to go home and discuss with the wife what way we go forward. Do we hand the taxi back? Do I try and get another job, which would seem highly unlikely.

"We needed help last year and we still need it even more now."

Harry McKean was left close to tears after working eight-and-a-half hours – barely making £20 to show for it
(Image: Harry McKean)

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The minimum wage in Scotland is £8.72 per hour and Mr McKean was particularly critical of the lack of support he had received from his own government.

He added: "This Scottish administration have not put their hand in their pocket once to help us out.

"The only help we've received is from the Westminster Chancellor, Mr Sunak. While it's been a great help, it's not been enough. We need more.

"I know there are other people out there people needing the same, but we're not a fixed premise, we can't apply for those grants.

"We still have fixed costs – I have fixed costs of about £1,000 a month, between taxi payments, insurance and running costs.

"Do I decide to give that up, go into another job or go into arrears with other payments? We don't know how we're going to go.

"So I'm asking, I'm now begging for somebody, somewhere within Holyrood, local council, anywhere, to start looking at this seriously and get us some kind of serious grant.

Some taxi drivers have given up their jobs during the pandemic
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"Because we can't afford any more loans, we don't have the earning capacity to pay for them and even further down the line we're just going to run up debt that we can't afford or people just can't afford to give us the credit these days.

"I'm begging you councillors, you MSPs out there, take a serious look at this industry and get some help out there because we have fixed costs, like business owners with fixed premises do as well."

Only 20 percent of cabbies are still working throughout lockdown, according to the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association, with hundreds of taxis being kept in fields as their owners have given up their jobs.

Steve McNamara, the association's general secretary, said cabbies are earning "starvation wages" around a quarter of normal levels.

The taxi trade has been hit hard
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Drivers "are doing desperate things" such as selling their taxis for well below market value to "get through the next few months", he added.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: “We understand how difficult this pandemic has been for taxi drivers and their families, which is why on 9 December the Finance Secretary announced a further financial package of £185 million to support businesses and the economy in the New Year, including £19 million to support taxi drivers.

“The Scottish Government is working closely with local authorities and representative organisations in developing these funds and further details will be announced shortly. We expect that eligible taxi drivers will be able to apply for this one-off payment later this month.”

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