The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) is working on an alternative to the On-board Computer Taxi (BCT) and the associated BCT cards. With this, the authority wants to improve the supervision of compliance with working and rest times and make it more efficient. Project leader Henri van der Heijden explains what the alternative will look like.

For safe taxi transport and fair competition in the taxi market, the ILT focuses to a large extent on working and rest times. Currently, this is still done on the basis of the data registered by the BCT, which must be placed in each vehicle. According to the ILT, however, obtaining and processing this data can and should be improved.

For this reason, the ILT has started a project for an alternative to the BCT. Van der Heijden explains that it now takes a lot of manual work to retrieve and process data on working and rest times from the BCTs. According to him, for various reasons, reading, uploading and processing of the BCT files sometimes goes wrong. “That not only costs the inspector a lot of time, but also the taxi driver and entrepreneur.”

Another reason for coming up with an alternative is because former State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Stientje van Veldhoven already in 31 made it clear that the ministry wants to get rid of the BCT cards as a means of guaranteeing the reliability of the data. These cards come with security certificates that have a limited validity. “The periodic large-scale exchange of those cards is very expensive,” says Van der Heijden.

Cardless alternative for the BCT The task of the ILT is to look for card-free alternatives to record working and rest times for supervision. In recent years, research has been conducted into various scenarios. This has resulted in the preferred variant ‘Central Data’. There is no longer a specific app or device, such as the BCT, required to report working and rest times. There is, however, a specific way and frequency in which taxi companies do this.

Taxi companies can therefore choose for themselves with which device or app comes on the market they register their driving and rest times. “That is positive for the taxi entrepreneur, because alternatives to the BCT, such as an app that runs on a smartphone, are probably cheaper”, says Van der Heijden.

Achieving more with the same capacity The new monitoring system should provide more up-to-date and reliable information about compliance of driving and rest times. Information about the frequency of data delivery and any gaps in this regard are useful to the ILT. Moreover, in the future, data from other sources can be added to this data, such as from measuring systems in vehicles and along the highways.

“The intention is that the new system will reduce inspectors’ waste time getting data. This allows them to focus on checking data and taking a risk-based approach,” explains Van der Heijden. “I also think that this will allow inspectors in the field to devote more time and attention to the journeys that taxi drivers have not reported.” According to him, all this means that the ILT can achieve more with the same capacity in the field of safe taxi transport and fair competition in the taxi market. .

System that works well for taxi entrepreneurs In developing the alternative to the BCT, the ILT works together with taxi companies and industry associations. The aim of this is that the system will also work well for entrepreneurs in the future: safe, user-friendly and with limited administrative burdens and costs. In addition, the agency is also working together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, data suppliers and other supervisors for the development of the new system.

In the coming years, work will be carried out on all technical components that are required. to receive the data of taxi companies online and to be able to process and store them centrally. Information about this is shared with IT service providers. For example, they can develop products and services, such as apps, that taxi companies can use to register and automatically supply working and rest times.

Transitional period In addition to developing technical requirements, the new working method also requires a change in the law. It is intended that the new system in 2024 is completely ready. There will then be a transition period in which taxi companies are given time to switch to a suitable alternative. The sector is given up to 2024 from the State Secretary to do this. “Our efforts are aimed at encouraging taxi entrepreneurs to switch early,” emphasizes Van der Heijden. “The faster we can improve supervision, the faster it will contribute to safe taxi transport and fair competition in the taxi market.”

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