Just like every year, TaxiPro looks back in the days before the turn of the year at what happened in the past year. Although corona was very 2020 central, it went during the course of the In the first six months, increasingly in the positive direction with the virus and the taxi and coach industry.
The industry started the year in partial lockdown. The schools were largely closed, so that student transport was at a low ebb. The advice was to work from home as much as possible. The demand for social welfare and Valys transport therefore fell sharply and consumer taxis came to a near standstill . The recovery that was visible in the last period of 2020 by the relaxed measures evaporated.
Yet several taxi and coach companies did not consider it an option to wait until better times would arrive. For example, Pouw Vervoer had a large number of buses converted into mobile corona test locations on behalf of the GGD. When the national vaccination campaign started, these buses were also used as vaccination locations and as ‘ballot boxes’ during the elections to the House of Representatives. In this way, the staff could continue to work meaningfully.
In the Netherlands, from 19 January curfew. Because taxis were excluded from this, the impact of this was relatively limited. And although the lockdown was extended again until March 2, schools reopened at the beginning of February . Student transport made a restart with new protocols for safe transport. For example, children from the age of thirteen had to wear non-medical mouth caps. For adults, in addition to the mask obligation, there was also a maximum of one person per couch or row of seats in the taxi.
Making the industry more sustainable In April, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, six large municipalities and a number of parties such as KNV, signed the so-called Roadmap Zero Emission Consumer Taxi. This should contribute to the realization of the ambition to only have clean ones from 2030 and to operate silent taxis in major cities and in 2030 throughout the Netherlands. The roadmap is intended to help taxi entrepreneurs in the coming years with targeted investments in clean and quiet taxis.
In the same month, KNV announced that Hubert Andela, director and secretary of Zorg en Taxi, said goodbye to the trade association because of a switch to trade organization ZuivelNL. Carlo Cahn was appointed as new director and Jantine Vochteloo took over the secretary position from Andela. The new leadership announced that they wanted to focus on the further development of the MaaS lab, more money for healthcare transport and creating a feeling of pride among members.
Vochteloo also expressed the wish that the new cabinet understands a slower pace of achieving, among other things, zero- emissions in healthcare transport, because there is less money for investments. Nevertheless, there were also carriers that succeeded in taking major steps in the past year in the field of sustainability. This spring, Trevvel invested in 25 electric taxi buses for student transport. in Rotterdam and the surrounding area.
Extension of the measures After the lifting of the curfew on 25 April, the RIVM relaxed in June also the measures for healthcare transport. The occupation was increased from one to two people per bank. At the same time, the demand for healthcare transport continued to increase. The fear of traveling among older users decreased because of the vaccinations. On the other hand, taxi companies increasingly noticed that it takes a lot of effort to get staff who had previously been forced to lay off their jobs to carry out these journeys. Many have gone on to work in other industries. This problem continues to this day.
Street taxis and coaches also take to the road more The consumer taxi market initially lagged in terms of demand, but here changed at the end of June. The corona measures were further relaxed, as a result of which, among other things, the nightclubs were allowed to open again at full capacity. Street taxi drivers had been looking forward to this moment, because the catering industry is an important source of income that had been lost for them .
But the relaxations were also good news for the coach industry, which has been hard hit by the corona pandemic. While the season should have started in April, it happened later this year and mainly at the national level. The work came slowly after the relaxation in June going. For example, school trips were booked again, something entrepreneurs no longer expected for that school year.
You can read everything about the second half of 2020 later this week in part 2 of the TaxiPro annual overview.
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