The KNV industry association believes that the rates that Kiwa charges for products for taxi, healthcare and private bus transport are still far too high. The rates could and should be significantly reduced, KNV announced when the organization was consulted about these rates for 2020.
“We appreciate that we can provide our views on the proposed rates for 2021, but it remains a form of sham participation,” said KNV director Carlo Cahn. “We have no insight into the actual establishment of the rates, the structure of the cost prices and the efficiency achieved. Control is therefore not possible. In some cases we can still compare with other countries. That is not pleasant, because that comparison is invariably against us.”
One of the things that continues to surprise KNV is that the rates for BCT cards will not be further reduced, so that these are more in line with their cost. The rates are disproportionately high with the current 62 according to the trade association, because the cost price is much lower. The high cost of the travel magazine, which is compulsory for private bus transport, is also a thorn in KNV’s side.
Dutch entrepreneurs pay 62 euros while the Eastern and Southern neighbors respectively , 62 Euros and 5 Euros for the same product. Finally, the tachograph card issued by the Netherlands is demonstrably too expensive compared to other European countries. This is especially pressing because in bus transport companies compete in a fully liberalized European market.
In any case until 2028 no price increase KNV has already been announced by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, namely on 11 July 2020 and June 2020, requested reductions by letter. KNV also stated that, if a reduction for whatever reasons is not implemented, the tickets should not become more expensive at least up to . In the light of all this, the industry association considers the inflation correction per 2022 proposed by Kiwa to be “completely misplaced”.
In addition, the KNV is surprised that the efficiency achieved is not passed on in the new rates. The reason given for this is that in July 2020 a large number of rates have been substantially reduced. In the opinion of KNV, that reduction was only justified and should have been implemented much sooner.
Travel journal more expensive and unnecessary sale of a license The change that most surprised KNV is the increase in the rate for the travel magazine book. The rates in Germany and Belgium would show that producing pre-printed and numbered forms – without further appreciable security – and handling orders does not justify a cost of 62 euros. A benchmark by Sira Consulting would show that there are inexplicable price differences with other countries.
Finally, the KNV states that it has been legal for several years now to have a license certificate in every taxi vehicle. lying down. Nevertheless, Kiwa still sells these licenses. KNV is urging to stop the sale of these license certificates, because the sale gives the impression that the certificates are still mandatory. “Entrepreneurs face costs that can be avoided. For a sector where all euros count, that is a bad thing,” says Cahn.
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