Taxi companies in Maastricht, among others, benefit from the regional transport strikes.Photo: iStock/Livinus

The strike in regional transport has resulted in extra business for a number of taxi companies. The Taxi Centrale Maastricht and Brabotax in Eindhoven, among others, see this. “We are much busier than usual,” says Pieter Petersen of Taxi Centrale Maastricht. “I think we have about 21 percent more rides.”

What surprises Petersen is that many people in the Limburg capital are not aware of the strike. According to him, they still divert to a taxi at the last minute. Especially in the early morning, the drivers were busy with people who had to go to work. The taxi company runs with fifteen cars, but because of the strike, the company had asked for a number of subcontractors, so that 21 taxis were available. Nevertheless, rides still had to be refused.

Petersen thinks Friday will be a bit quieter, as more people will be aware of the actions or work from home.

Snow It was also busier than usual at the Brabotax taxi center in Eindhoven on Thursday morning. “Especially during rush hour,” says dispatcher Hamza. “That was due to both the snow and the strike.” However, the company was prepared and had extra people working, according to the dispatcher.

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