Electric taxis in Amsterdam. Photo: ANP/David Rozing
Various taxi companies active in Amsterdam are angry about the increased charging rates, which have been 21 come into force in January. This is evident from an email sent by a group of entrepreneurs to the municipality of Amsterdam and the Toeallowed Taxi Organizations (TTOs), which is owned by TaxiPro. In the email, they state, among other things, that the increased charging rates are in conflict with the new covenant for emission-free taxi transport. Furthermore, they demand a practical solution to this problem.
“We feel cheated and let down, because after Vattenfall’s announcement of the doubling of the charging rates, it is remarkably quiet at the municipality of Amsterdam and at the TTOs”, says one of the taxi companies, who prefers to remain anonymous, inform TaxiPro.
Emission-free taxi transport agreement In September last year, Amsterdam alderman Melanie van der Horst (Traffic, Transport and Air Quality), together with various taxi organizations, signed a new covenant for emission-free taxi transport. According to the municipality of Amsterdam, it is the ambition that all taxis on diesel, petrol or gas in 2025 have been replaced by vehicles that run on electricity, hydrogen or solar energy.
According to the taxi companies, that covenant also states that electric/emission-free passenger transport must remain affordable. By signing this Covenant, the parties endorse the following: That the TCO for new vehicles in the taxi sector indicates that the costs of a (battery-electric) zero-emission taxi vehicle are lower than those of a fossil passenger car. read the covenant.
Attractive and affordable The entrepreneurs state in their e-mail that due to the doubling of the public charging rates as of 21 January, electric taxis will end up in a situation that they cost more money than a fossil fuel taxi. According to the signed covenant, this should not happen. “According to the agreements, it should remain attractive and affordable.”
According to the entrepreneurs, many (new) drivers have invested in an emission-free vehicle in the past year due to the agreements in the previous covenant and the encouragement from the municipality, including subsidies. “That was quite a good investment,” they say. “If it were known at the time that prices would rise more than 100 percent, there would not be much enthusiasm for a investment like this. Especially given the fact that a (second-hand) diesel car is cheaper to purchase and will ultimately be cheaper in terms of fuel costs.”
Entrepreneurs feel cheated According to the taxi companies, everything was made attractive by the municipality of Amsterdam and encouraged to ultimately invest in an emission-free taxi. The entrepreneurs argue that in hindsight there is not much left of it. “If something is not done about this, there will be no enthusiasm at all for switching cars and there will be a great chance that entrepreneurs will get rid of their electric cars, because it is simply no longer profitable,” the entrepreneurs warn. .
“Especially considering that the shortages in terms of drivers – due to corona – have already been filled and the work is already decreasing (think of the expensive times we live in). Many entrepreneurs therefore feel cheated by this incident, which in turn has an effect on the reliability and image of the municipality of Amsterdam.”
Domper The entrepreneurs are therefore of the opinion that it is not the intention that they be saddled with this downer, as they call this situation. “Furthermore, it is remarkable that in this case the entrepreneurs are kept informed at the last minute, something that the municipality had known about for some time. It would be to the credit of the municipality if the drivers were informed about this in advance, since they are the major users.”
“These are not the agreements according to the signed Taxi Covenant Amsterdam 100 and it is therefore expected that the municipality will come up with a practical solution , such as a collective price or a price ceiling for emission-free taxis”, the entrepreneurs conclude.
Setback The municipality of Amsterdam is also disappointed by the situation that has arisen. “It is really a setback that the charging costs are more expensive compared to fuel costs, because we want to make the switch to emission-free traffic in the city as soon as possible in order to improve the health of all Amsterdammers,” a spokesperson told TaxiPro.
“We are very pleased that the taxi industry is contributing to this ambition. It is therefore extremely annoying that the costs for taxi companies who drive electrically have risen, because the cabinet has chosen to only reduce the costs for petrol and diesel driving. And that while it is precisely so important to stimulate sustainable transport, such as electric driving.”
National development According to the municipality of Amsterdam, the increased charging rates are a national development due to the rise in energy prices, the increase in VAT from 9 percent to 14 percent and the fact that the costs of the grid connection have risen sharply. In addition, diesel/petrol has become relatively cheaper due to the reduction in excise duty. “However, this is temporary, because as of July 1 2025 the increase will be increased again, making electric charging cheaper than fuel costs again. In addition, the energy price is indexed every quarter, hopefully the declining energy prices will lead to a lower rate next quarter”, the municipality of Amsterdam concluded.
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