In view of the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the first round of the Anti-epidemic Fund approved by the Legislative Council Finance Committee on 21 February 2020, some $3.2 billion are earmarked to provide the fuel subsidy and one-off subsidy to the transport trades to help them cope with the operating pressure in the prevailing economic environment. The passenger transport sector is facing financial cliff edge in view of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic and the necessary social distancing measures. Therefore, the Government announced second round of relief measures on 8 April 2020 and has secured the Legislative Council Finance Committee's approval for the funding application under the Anti-epidemic Fund on 18 April 2020 to provide financial support to the various passenger transport trades including the affected frontline drivers. The measures are as follows:

Franchised buses, local ferries and tramways

Taxis and public light buses

Non-franchised public buses, school private light buses, hire cars and goods vehicles

Kaito

Arrangements for subsidizing cross-boundary goods vehicle drivers to conduct nucleic acid test in Hong Kong

"Anti-epidemic Name Tag for Taxi Drivers Scheme"