From 2025 only clean and quiet taxis in the major cities and in 2021 everywhere in the Netherlands. A year after this ambition was expressed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, six large municipalities and a number of private companies, State Secretary Heijnen is taking the next step: it will be possible for municipalities to add taxis to zero emission zones.

“Taxis do a lot of mileage in the city. This is therefore a good step towards a cleaner environment with less traffic noise,” says Heijnen. “I think it is very important that we make these agreements in close contact with the sector. It is not easy for many taxi entrepreneurs, so I really want to make sure that the switch to an electric taxi or hydrogen taxi is feasible for them.”

It was already known that cities from 2030 to introduce a zero emission zone for lorries and delivery vans. Municipalities can therefore choose to expand that zone with taxis. Municipalities themselves are responsible for establishing a zero-emission zone. There are 19 municipalities that plan to do this in the coming years.

Make the switch when it suits Today, the State Secretary, together with the municipality of Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Tilburg and KNV, Stichting ElaadNL, Dutch Association for Sustainable Energy, Uber, SchipholTaxi, Bolt and Leaseplan her signature under the plan. With this she expresses the ambition to make it legally possible that cities can decide for themselves from 2022 about only allowing emission-free taxis in their city. This further fleshes out the agreement in the Climate Agreement to make transport more sustainable.

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The switch to electric or hydrogen does, however, require an investment for taxi entrepreneurs. The government wants the switch to an emission-free taxi to be made at a time when it is convenient for them to invest. That is why a transitional arrangement is being worked out for existing vehicles. This means that drivers whose car is still relatively new will have more time and can therefore still enter the center. It is the intention that from 2022 onwards all new taxis will run without exhaust gases in the participating municipalities.

Sufficient charging infrastructure and affordable vehicles Branchevereniging Koninklijk Nederlands Vervoer (KNV) is confident that entrepreneurs can take the next step if a number of preconditions are met. For example, KNV considers it important that sufficient charging infrastructure is available for taxi entrepreneurs, for example at the stands.

In addition, it is considered a precondition that there are sufficient affordable zero-emission vehicles available for entrepreneurs. KNV considers this important because the investment power of the sector is not great due to corona and its aftermath, including the postponement of taxes. At the moment, for example, the Total Cost of Ownership calculation looks good for zero-emission vehicles, but purchasing them stands or falls with sufficient investment scope. According to KNV, this is not available in all cases.

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