Over 42 percent of the taxi drivers in Amsterdam was suspected in or involved in a criminal case. This mainly concerned traffic offenses and violent crimes, but Amsterdam taxis are also used for the transport of drugs, money and criminals.
This is apparent from the study ‘Taxi! Malicious activities and (subversive) crime in the Amsterdam taxi industry’ by Bureau Beke, which de Volkskrant writes about. The research bureau in the field of security issues and crime states that it is code red for the Amsterdam taxi industry. Twenty incidents are registered daily in which a taxi plays a role.
The industry is said to be vulnerable, susceptible to crime and interesting for criminals. Of all complaints about taxis in the Netherlands 20 percent comes from Amsterdam. Complaints mainly concern rates and (mis)conduct of drivers. For the investigation, Bureau Beke was given access to data from the police, the municipality and the national taxi transport complaints hotline. Conversations were also held with researchers involved and who drove along as mystery guest.
42 percent of self-employed drivers appear in criminal investigation There are 2. taxis across the capital on an average day, according to cameras scanning license plates. There are 2.1050 self-employed and on the taxi market in Amsterdam. taxi companies active. The research shows that 42 percent of drivers who work as self-employed persons appear in a police investigation. This can be as a suspect, but also as a person involved or a witness.
The researchers emphasize that the market is overcrowded, among other things, due to the arrival of Uber, making it more difficult to earn a living and drivers may be more likely to engage in rogue and criminal activities. The researchers recommend limiting the number of drivers on the market with a view to order and safety. According to them, this can be done by reintroducing a permit system or by scanning license plates on the edge of the city centre.
Re-introducing an entrepreneur’s diploma Furthermore, all taxi companies must be screened for malicious acts via the Bibop Act and they must apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG). According to Bureau Beke, the police and tax authorities should be given extra capacity to better monitor the taxi industry. Finally, it is proposed to reintroduce the entrepreneurial diploma to improve the quality of the service and to conduct awareness conversations with drivers about how criminals can abuse them.
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