| 10.1°C Belfast

Close

Premium

Covid support delays for haulage, taxi and coach industries 'a great source of frustration,' says Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon talks to John Mulgrew

Close

Determined: Nichola Mallon at Parliament Buildings, a few weeks before lockdown

Determined: Nichola Mallon at Parliament Buildings, a few weeks before lockdown

Determined: Nichola Mallon at Parliament Buildings, a few weeks before lockdown

A delay in deciding who has powers to assist hauliers, taxi firms and bus operators has been a "source of great frustration" amid a "matter of survival" for many in the sector, the Infrastructure Minister has said.

In an interview with Ulster Business, Nichola Mallon said being handed down the powers has meant a huge delay in those needing financial assistance amid Covid-19.

The First and Deputy First Ministers decided that, because of the other pressures facing the Department for the Economy, Infrastructure should take on the responsibility of providing financial assistance to the haulage, taxi and coach industries.