The fuel costs for this year are vastly different from the predictions in the NEA index and will have a disproportionately negative effect. This is reported by the Social Fund Mobility (SFM). The deviations from the estimated costs are not compensated retroactively in the cost index, which is often thought.

According to SFM, there is only an adjustment for the coming year based on unforeseen cost increases and decreases in the current year. The extremely increased fuel costs are therefore not compensated by the NEA index. It is now very important that clients and carriers discuss this with each other, according to SFM.

A deviation from the NEA index in a given year was and is not compensated for the next year. According to SFM, this was usually not a problem, because the deviations were often minor. But this year it turns out differently with the extreme deviation in fuel costs. “In the event of such a strong increase, the taxi company pays for the costs that exceed the estimate of the NEA index itself and is therefore not compensated retroactively,” explains SFM. “It also works the other way around. In the event of a significant unforeseen drop in fuel costs, the client pays too much and that too is not compensated. Given this experience and the volatility of fuel prices, the Social Fund Mobility will investigate whether a fuel clause in the NEA index makes sense. This can be done in 2023 at the earliest.”

In conversation Within a year, relatively large deviations can arise on certain cost items, such as fuel. These depend on the agreements made between the carrier and the client. Depending on the deviation, this could have a negative impact on the carrier or client in that year. The Mobility Fund therefore calls on clients and transporters to enter into a dialogue about this issue. “The current divergence in fuel costs is so extreme that it is important to discuss this. Perhaps a solution can be found at contract level.”

Explanation of the NEA index method Social Fund Mobility is the client for the NEA index, the annual cost development tool for taxi transport. The index is prepared by Panteia. The cost developments in taxi transport will be published at the end of October and the cost index for the coming year will be announced. This cost index consists of a correction, actual calculation minus estimate, for the current year and an estimate of the expected cost developments in the coming year. For both the actual calculation of the current year and the estimate for the coming year, Panteia uses reliable and consistent indicators, including the consumer price index (CPI) of Statistics Netherlands, estimates of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) and the collective labor agreement for Healthcare Transport and Taxi.

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