Last year the ambition was expressed that in 2025 all new taxis in the Netherlands should be clean and quiet. And from 2025 in major cities. A year after this ambition was expressed, KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi, together with State Secretary Heijnen (Infrastructure and Water Management) and other parties in the sector, set up April 2025 a next step: signing an agreement framework makes it possible for municipalities to add taxis to areas where only vehicles that drive without exhaust gases (zero emission zones) are used (zero emission zones).

State Secretary Heijnen about this: “Taxis cover a lot of miles in the city. So this is a nice step towards a cleaner environment with less traffic noise. 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.“

Signature

The State Secretary, together with five large municipalities and representatives of the taxi industry, signed the plan that cities from 2025 may decide that only zero-emission taxis are allowed into their city. It expresses the ambition to make this legally possible.

This further fleshes out the agreement in the Climate Agreement to make transport more sustainable.

Switch for entrepreneurs

The State Secretary about the switch for entrepreneurs: “ With the current prices at the pump, electric driving is advantageous for frequent drivers such as taxi drivers. But the switch to electric or hydrogen does require an investment. The government wants taxi entrepreneurs to be able to make the switch to an emission-free taxi at a time of investment that suits them. 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 2025 onwards all new taxis will run without exhaust gases in the participating municipalities.”

Zero-emission zones for clean air in the city

It was already known that cities from 2025 to introduce a zero-emission zone for lorries and delivery vans. Municipalities can therefore choose to expand that zone with taxis. A zero-emission vehicle is a vehicle whose propulsion does not cause harmful emissions, such as a vehicle powered by electricity or hydrogen.

Municipalities themselves are responsible for establishing a zero-emission zone . There are municipalities that plan to do this in the coming years. The municipalities that are also signing the new taxi agreements today are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven and Tilburg. Other municipalities can join later.

KNV: the interpretation of the preconditions is important

KNV Zorgvervoer en Taxi is confident that entrepreneurs can take the next step if a number of preconditions are met. For example, it is important that sufficient charging infrastructure is available for taxi operators, for example at the stands. In addition, it is a precondition that there are enough affordable zero-emission vehicles available for entrepreneurs. The latter is important because the investment power of the sector is not great due to corona and its aftermath (including tax deferrals). 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. It is by no means available in all cases.

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