Jay Zimrul, of Heywood Way, Heybridge, felt devastated when his Mercedes Vito van was stolen at around 10pm last Monday.
The taxi, worth £8,000, was found burnt out the following morning in Church Street, Great Totham.
Mr Zimrul, who runs the Maldon Taxi business on his own, has now been left without a business and is living with his family on purely savings.
The dad-of-four, who has been a taxi driver in Maldon for nine years, said: “Obviously it’s very upsetting, my whole business has been affected.
“Now I am doing nothing at all.”
By Emma Robinson – Source: Chelmsford Weekly News