Glasgow-based Network Private Hire has moved to help its drivers during the coronavirus crisis by reducing subscription fees by up to 32% until further notice. “Our reasoning behind the reductions is to assist our drivers financially during this crisis as much we can.”

The company also asked its customers not to use cash.“The health and safety of our drivers and customers is our top priority. We ask that you download the app and pay by card wherever possible.”

The company said: “We are diligently following guidance and best practices from the NHS and UK Government, amongst others. Our focus is to ensure partner drivers can provide a first class service to our customer base into the headwind. We are the first to take such measure within our industry which will support drivers and protect our internal staff.”

Network also called on the government to close loopholes that allow the likes of Uber to avoid paying VAT. “Network contributes substantial VAT receipts to the revenue for public spending including the NHS,” the statement said. “These loopholes in our tax system must be resolved to level the playing field for all smaller companies to survive.”