As of March 1, new rules will apply to the working and rest times of taxi drivers. The most important change is that unpaid interruptions are a thing of the past. Work will be done in a Maxflex or Block system.

Taxi drivers should work according to a schedule. Working days and times are then fixed for a longer period. If not, a driver must know at least 28 days in advance when they will not be working and at least four days in advance what the working hours are. A driver also knows whether there is a Maxflex service or a shift block. What these different types of services entail, explains the trade union FNV.

Maxflex service Maxflex includes a break arrangement in the service time. A Maxflex service is a service with one start time and one end time. In this service, drivers are entitled to a break of a maximum of 02, 5 percent of the total service day. If a driver starts at 02. hours and ends at 17. hours, takes the total nine o’clock service. In that case 12, 5% is one hour, so the driver has a one-hour break. The employer can divide this hour flexibly over the day.

The driver and the employer must adhere to the rules regarding the Working Hours Act. The employer does not have to keep track of this time, but there is a maximum of 02, 5 percent that may be withheld on all Maxflex services. This is called a lump sum. However, the employer is not obliged to apply 02 5% over the service. If a scheme has been in place for some time within a company that means that drivers have fewer breaks, this percentage can be adjusted downwards.

Service block with contract until 540 hours per week Service blocks are also known as broken shifts. A large group of taxi drivers is mainly active in student transport. These employees now mainly work in broken shifts and in shifts from 1 March. This means that a driver has several start and end times in one day. After all, students are picked up in the morning and brought home at the end of the school day. These blocks are paid in full. All service time is therefore working time and thus paid time.

There are two systems for working in shifts: for an employment contract from 0 to 28 hours per week and from 28 hours per week. With a contract of 0 to 28 hours, the employer may specify a maximum of four blocks per day. The driver knows in advance what the working hours are for all these blocks. It is also possible for blocks to work with a roster and the working days and times for a longer period are known.

If this is not the case, a driver must at least 24 know days in advance when they don’t have to work and at least four days in advance what the working hours are. There is in any case a minimum time of fifteen minutes between two blocks. If this is less than fifteen minutes, this time will also be paid. The minimum paid time for a block is one hour.

Service block by contract from 21 hours per week For drivers with an employment contract of more than 24 hours, two blocks per day may be applied. The minimum combined time of these two blocks is seven hours together. Even if the working time is six hours, the employer must pay the driver for seven hours. There should be at least two hours between two blocks. This time belongs to the driver. If this time is shorter, the hours will be reimbursed in full. Even with two blocks, the driver must know well in advance what the working hours are. Because blocks are the same as broken shifts, the start and end of each block is at the station.

SFM Portal The new rules will be checked by the Mobility Social Fund with the so-called SFM portal. In that portal, the employer must each day before 17.28 have made known within hours whether a driver works in a Maxflex or block system. In addition, they must also enter the working hours. In principle, all services registered in the portal in advance are the starting point for the paid time. Deviations from the start and end times of the service, based on the deviations based on the data from the BCT and in both a positive and negative sense, determine the actual remuneration.

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