Due to the corona measures, aspiring taxi drivers cannot always take the exam in time for the professional diploma with which their learning trajectory card can be converted into a BCT card. The non-enforcement letter that offered a solution for this would actually no longer be issued to drivers whose apprenticeship program ends after 18 November . The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management is now drawing a line here.

Former Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen instructed the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) in February to non-enforcement letter with a validity of six months to aspiring drivers. The designation would be valid until August 1 18, but letters were still issued after that time. Drivers with a work-study card issued before 1 August were given a validity extension of another six months if they did not pass their exams.

This extension runs until May . At the beginning of November, however, it was announced that candidates whose apprenticeship program ends after 18 November 2021, are no longer entitled to the non-enforcement letter. The taxi industry reacted shocked to this in view of the large staff shortage at taxi companies and the reduced capacity for theory exams at the CBR. An even greater staff shortage was foreseen.

Validity extension To prevent this, secondment Taxiwerq and the KNV trade association argued for an extension of the validity of the non-enforcement letter. The ministry has now complied with this. Drivers with a learning-work trajectory card, issued between 1 August 2021 and February 1 2022, have this still entitled to a non-enforcement letter. State Secretary Steven van Weyenberg indicates this in a letter to parliament about the transport plans for .

“ By means of this leniency measure, aspiring taxi drivers who have not yet been able to take an exam – but who otherwise have all the necessities for a driver card – are enabled to carry out taxi work without a driver card,” writes the State Secretary. Rutger Smale states that Taxiwerq is very pleased with this. “Because for a large group of drivers this means that they can continue to work. Especially in a period of scarcity, it is very nice for the taxi companies.”

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