The Foyle MLA said Minister Mallon was getting on with helping those in need while others continue to let taxi drivers down.
Said Ms McLaughlin: “It is welcome that SDLP Minister Nichola Mallon has stepped up yet again to help taxi drivers while the responsible Minister, DUP’s Diane Dodds continues to exclude the industry from accessing vital support.
“Across the North, many taxi drivers have had their incomes decimated by the restrictions and unlike other businesses affected by the downturn in tourism and hospitality, taxis have been unfairly excluded from financial assistance schemes by the Economy Minister.
“Despite not having the powers to do so initially, the SDLP Minister stepped up to provide support due for overhead costs and thousands of drivers have now received a £1500 payment from £14 million fund.
“The current scheme has shown there was a unique issue for drivers who had a break in their insurance, and instead of turning her back, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has now again stepped in and is seeking powers to be given to her to help these drivers.
“Others have let drivers down and left them behind by excluding them from the support other businesses had – but the SDLP will leave no one behind.
“Using all powers available to us, the SDLP will step up and help those in need.”