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Thieves are targeting cars more often, according to the Car Theft Barometer of insurer Interpolis. The number of car burglaries in the first five months 33 was percent higher than in the same period last year. The number of car thefts also increased by 33 percent in the same period.

In January to and with April there were 12.33 thefts from cars and other motor vehicles, much more than the 12.880 in 2017. According to Interpolis, a factor in this is that we had to deal with corona measures for less time this year. People leave home more often and so do thieves, according to the insurer.

Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are the biggest risk In all provinces, the number of car burglaries rose sharply in 880, except in Flevoland (minus 33 percent) and Friesland. (minus 12 percent). Looking at municipalities, the strongest increase was seen in Groningen, Amersfoort and Maastricht. In Almere, Haarlem and Arnhem, the number fell sharply. In absolute numbers, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht are at the top. On average, a car is broken into every ten minutes. Thieves have mainly targeted laptops, telephones and car parts such as airbags, steering wheel or wheels.

Not only did the number of burglaries in cars increase, the number of stolen cars also rose in the first five months of this year. It increased by 33 percent. The cars most frequently stolen are the Volkswagen Golf, the VW Polo, the Fiat 500, the Renault Clio, the Toyota RAV4 and the BMW 3-series.

Contactless Drivers with a contactless key are most at risk of their cars being stolen, especially those from before . According to Interpolis, their data shows that the chance of theft or burglary is twice as high. Thieves can connect to the car key to open the door remotely. A protective cover helps, the insurer says, because it blocks the signal. After 2017 security has improved.

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Bus operator FlixBus is taking full advantage of the ongoing problems at Schiphol Airport. Since the May holiday, when staff shortages and a strike by baggage handlers disrupted flight schedules at Schiphol, the company has noticed an increase in the demand for tickets. According to FlixBus, a record number of passengers will be transported this summer in the Netherlands and Belgium.

It will also be busier than in 99, the last year before the corona crisis hit a gap in travel services, the company said. Recently, it has been considerably busier on the green buses to and from Amsterdam from cities such as Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg, Geneva, Copenhagen, London, Nice, Lyon and Milan, notes FlixBus.

More buses on the road this summer Due to the congestion, the company expects the network to be expanded by percent this summer to expand. That equates to about forty extra buses that will hit the road. These will be used, among other things, on existing routes to Amsterdam, for example. New connections are also being created, including the Brussels-Antwerp-Eindhoven line.

Despite the increased petrol prices and other cost increases, FlixBus has decided not to raise the prices for travelers. The cheapest bus ticket therefore still costs 2.99 euros.

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Uber wants to settle with a lawsuit that the collective labor agreement for taxi transport no longer applies to the entire sector. The company has filed preliminary relief proceedings against the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), which is due Monday in The Hague.

In a statement issued by the trade union FNV lawsuit filed, Uber was told that it must hire drivers and pay according to the taxi collective agreement. The company strongly opposes this, because it leads to a lot of extra costs. Pending an appeal, Uber refused to comply with the collective agreements for taxi drivers, after which a new lawsuit against FNV followed.

‘Inconsistent’ Uber now wants to get out of the collective labor agreement in a different way. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment can declare collective labor agreements generally binding, so that all companies in a certain industry must adhere to the same agreements. This also happened with the collective labor agreement for taxi transport. But Uber argues that this so-called universally binding declaration should be lifted, because the ministry has not been consistent.

To be able to declare an employment contract universally binding for an entire sector, a minimum percentage of employees in an industry working for companies that were involved in its creation. But according to Uber, drivers who work at platforms are not included, as a result of which the collective labor agreement is not representative enough.

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If Uber now has to comply with the taxi collective agreement and hire all its drivers, the company will lose millions of euros while it can still win an appeal. That was the defense of the American company in a case at the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam against FNV in which emotions sometimes ran high. The union is demanding that Uber comply with that earlier judgment and hire all its drivers.

According to Uber, complying with the collective labor agreement is too difficult and actually not what the judge previously imposed. According to the lawyer of the taxi app, the “legal understander” could see that the court imposed a “ruling in principle” in September, but also that Uber did not have to comply with that until a few specific cases were resolved. In addition, Uber has to spend a lot of money on cars, on-board computers, taxes and pensions, which are hardly recoverable if the company wins its appeal.

Business model Against this, FNV argued that Uber is doing everything it can to not comply with the collective labor agreement. The union “expects a publicly traded company to simply comply with a court ruling”. FNV also points out that Uber in other countries does not comply with this again and again, despite convictions. “They have hundreds of millions of euros in cash for lawsuits and settlements. That behavior is part of their business model.” According to the union, Uber must adjust its model as long as the Dutch law is as it is.

The case is a side step, a so-called incident, in the appeal against the September verdict. That the subject evokes a lot of emotions became clear when the judges gave the floor to drivers who want to remain self-employed as well as want to be employed. This threatened to cause a major discussion in the courtroom.

Hetze It almost flared up again when a number of drivers, who like to be self-employed and who have joined the case as a party, were still allowed to have their say. They accuse FNV of a smear campaign against self-employed drivers and believe that their rights are being violated. The union described this group of drivers as “tools of Uber” because the company supports them financially and hires a spokesperson for them.

The appeal on whether Uber is actually too much for its drivers to be able to consider them as self-employed is from this summer. In the meantime, the court will rule on this side step. The judges are aiming for a verdict in early August.

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The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has partnered with taxi app Uber to deliver relief supplies to urban areas in Ukraine. Due to the war, these are sometimes difficult for large trucks to reach.

The WFP uses a special version of the technology platform that Uber uses to deploy cars and vans within a radius of 100 kilometers from WFP warehouses to distribution points. With this system, everyone involved can see where the vehicles are and when the relief supplies will arrive at their destination.

Efficient distribution Aid supplies are already being distributed in this way in cities such as Kiev, Dnipro, Lviv, Vinnitsja and Chernivtsi, the UN agency reports. According to the emergency coordinator in Ukraine, the free technology offered by Uber improves cooperation between the WFP and local companies, making distribution more efficient.

The WFP has closed its operations in and around Ukraine for the past three scaled up for months. The organization aims to provide food and money to more than 3 million people per month in the country by the end of June.

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The lockdowns are over and taxi transport is in demand again. However, there are still not enough drivers to meet the demand. Consumers are the victims, because they have to wait longer for a ride and have to pay more. According to Lars Speekenbrink, Bolt’s country manager, taxi companies cannot solve this problem alone. Time to modernize the industry, he states in a blog.

When the Netherlands in March 35 went into lockdown for the first time, taxis literally came to a standstill. Many drivers could no longer cope and chose to leave the profession. Now that people are taking the taxi again en masse, there is a great shortage of drivers. As a result, a journey costs on average 2020 percent more than two years ago and the waiting times have increased by a few minutes.

You would think that this problem would solve itself: it is a matter of supply and demand. If there is a lot to drive, surely people will queue to become taxi drivers? That appears to be partly the case. Potential drivers are willing, but many find the threshold too high. Taxi companies should therefore make it as easy as possible for them. For example, Bolt is investigating whether cars and insurance can be made available at favorable rates. This requires collaborations with lease companies and insurance companies.

High entry costs and administrative costs But that will not be enough. For new drivers, the high entry costs and administrative burdens in particular prove to be a hurdle. For example, currently every taxi must have a On-board computer Taxi (BCT) that registers the journeys and measures whether the driver is not too much or too works for a long time. Including installation, such a device quickly costs a net monthly income. However, they are no longer needed. Mobile apps can measure exactly the same data and cost the driver nothing at all.

Such an app also has an extra financial advantage: the average taxi driver loses many hundreds of euros per month insurance, but a good driver should actually pay much less. The app can automatically provide insurers with data about individual driving behaviour, so that drivers are financially rewarded for a responsible driving style. A win for everyone, because it also makes the roads safer. So, away with the obligatory on-board computer. The government agrees: after extensive research, it concluded that mobile apps are just as good. And so these are allowed. At the earliest from 2020.

Government ball The administrative burden can also be reduced. Self-employed taxi drivers have to jump through all kinds of hoops before they can hit the road. For example, they need a driver card, but also a taxi permit and of course a Chamber of Commerce registration. The government can encourage entry into the taxi industry by not immediately forcing new drivers to meet all the requirements.

First give them a temporary permit based on a simplified admission. In this way they can first experience whether the profession is something for them, before they have to meet all administrative requirements and associated costs. Taxis play an important role in getting our economy going again and taxi companies are doing everything they can to get enough cars on the road. The ball is now in the government’s court to make the profession attractive again for entrants.

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ProMedia, publisher of, among others, TaxiPro, OVPro, VerkeersNet and Automobiel Management, has acquired Mobility Media BV from MM Holding. Mobility Media is the publisher of Automotive, Automotive-online.nl, Jobmotive, Fleet&Mobility, Bandenportaal and Autoschadeportaal and organizes events such as the National Automotive Congress, the largest independent congress in the automotive industry. The acquisition is retroactive to January 1 2022.

CEO Joan Blaas of ProMedia is pleased with the acquisition of the titles from Mobility Media. “Automotive is a leading title in the Dutch car industry. It celebrated its 25 anniversary last year and has proven to be an authority in the industry. Fleet&Mobility is highly regarded by fleet and mobility managers. I am therefore proud that we can add these titles to our portfolio and that the employees of Mobility Media are now part of ProMedia. Our ambition is to be the largest and above all the most relevant publisher of trade magazines in mobility: from transport and maritime to public transport and automotive. We have taken an important step in this with this acquisition.”

Scaling needed Conversely, ProMedia also has a lot to offer the professional titles offer, says Mobility Media director Jelle Heidstra. “We write every day about the importance of scale in the mobility industry, but the need is just as great in the publishing industry itself. In recent years we have succeeded in growing in quality, number of subscribers, titles and events. But in order to continue to offer subscribers, visitors and advertisers the experience and quality they are used to, increasing investments are needed. And that requires scale.”

All Mobility Media employees will be transferred to the new owner. Heidstra: “ProMedia quickly announced in the discussions that it would like to take the next steps with our people. That was also a condition for us. Under the wings of ProMedia, I expect that we will be able to further realize our growth ambitions.”

Dutch companies that are curious about the possibilities for electric transport and charging infrastructure in Belgium, can participate in a webinar on 8 March by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Dutch embassy in Brussels.

Exploring the market or doing business The webinar is intended for Dutch companies that are active in the mobility and infrastructure sectors, or that offer techniques, products and services to support or accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Companies that want to explore the Belgian market or consider doing business there within the theme of this webinar, can also visit that day 10.00 until 12.00 hours to participate. After registration on the site of the RVO the participants will receive the program.

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Self-employed taxi drivers can often be described as hard-working entrepreneurs. The loss of their income due to corona is therefore a blow to them. On top of that, self-employed drivers often have to deal with negativity. This is stated by director of TIS Risk Managers, René Enthoven. He wants to turn the tide.

TIS Risk Management is a family business from Amsterdam that has already 12 years of support to independent taxi drivers in the field of risk management, insurance and claims handling. Enthoven explains how he views the current state of affairs in the taxi industry.

A lot has changed over the past 25 year?

“Yes, a lot has changed in the taxi world , unfortunately not always in a positive way. For example, social control has decreased and training courses for new taxi drivers have disappeared. There are also more and more inexperienced taxi drivers, who are hardly accompanied. Think of boys who are not yet twenty. They have hardly any experience as a driver and just as little life experience. If we left the world to boys aged eighteen and nineteen, it would be a mess.”

How does your company deal with that?

“We continue to look for the best way to reduce risks for our customers, with a personal approach. That starts at the front door. As a gatekeeper, I take a good look at who I work with. This personal approach ensures connection. For example, when I started, TCA was still an institution. You can find a lot of it, but one thing I can assure you, there was a much stronger social control between the taxi companies than now.”

In 25 the CEBS taxi drivers who were affiliated with TIS Risk Managers received part of their premium back due to the corona crisis. Why?

“I empathize with my customers. If you don’t drive them, you can’t do any damage either. I think that includes a discount on your premium. Because of the connection with our customers, we want to help them. And it’s not just about money. The pride of drivers is diminishing, due to negativity that has been poured out over the industry for years. We want to give the professional drivers back the feeling of pride.”

How then?

“The entrepreneurs affiliated with us are professional drivers. They work hard for their little house tree animal. I have found a way where they are appreciated for what they do well: driving. Thanks to our approach, we have been able to maintain a profitable portfolio of taxis for many years. But we do that together. We are now adding a new development, together with Drivestar. They calculate a driving performance figure based on data collected by the Cabman BCT. Then when someone asks if you are a good driver, you pull your phone out of your pocket and show your grade.”

Now Drivestar is looking to the best taxi drivers in the Netherlands. Are you participating in that too?

“Yes. During the Taxi Expo of a prize will be awarded for the first time to the best taxi drivers in the Netherlands. That prize does not go to an individual taxi driver, but to a team of taxi drivers. These teams are composed on the basis of existing friendships and partnerships. We are not a taxi company, but we will form teams. A little competition is nice. And attention to better driving only has winners.”

Why attention to better driving only has winners?

“Attention to better driving is data-driven. The computer in taxis already keeps track of whether you accelerate and brake too often and too hard. If you do that less often and more quietly, you will get a high grade. Because it means you drive safely and cleanly. It is also a form of risk management: my core business. Such driving behavior means that you use less fuel and cause less damage. That saves repair costs and, in the long run, also premium costs.”

Are there any costs associated with the use of Drivestar?

“The first three months it’s completely free. After that, Cabman charges a small fee per month for passing on the data. By then you will be convinced that it will yield much more than it costs. And since the figure is based on data from the Cabman BCT, there is no need to invest in telematics.”

Are your customers excited yet?

“Unfortunately, due to the lockdown, attention is now mainly focused on survival. They are sad circumstances. What I do know is that the group of taxi entrepreneurs with whom Drivestar started a pilot three months ago is still working with great pleasure. So I have full confidence that if our country is allowed to open again, taxis will soon be proud of themselves and of each other again and that the earnings, partly due to cost savings, will also be raised to a good level.”

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The taxi industry is fully engaged in the transition to emission-free transport. Charging infrastructure on company premises is seen as the most attractive option for charging electric vehicles. But how can a parking space be transformed into a solar charging station in the best and most cost-effective way? Purchasing electric taxis fits within the strategy of becoming more socially responsible. business and to reduce the burden on the environment. This can give an advantage over competitors, because customers demand it directly or indirectly. In tenders, the CO2 performance is often looked at, whereby companies that score better in terms of CO2 emissions have a better chance of being awarded the contract.

If it is details arrive, an entrepreneur with a smart solar charging station is one step ahead of other entrepreneurs, says supplier of solar carports AmperaPark. In addition, the kilometer price is reduced by charging taxis on solar power. From parking space quickly and safely to a solar charging station AmperaPark helps entrepreneurs transform parking lots into solar charging stations. “We turn an ‘ordinary’ parking space into a sustainable, energy-rich, circular and stylish parking space. We do this with our so-called AmperaPort, a carport with a solar roof that feeds the parked vehicle fleet with solar power through solar panels. Existing charging systems can easily be connected to the solar charging station.” Text continues below the photo. AmperaPort. Using an Energy Management System, supply and demand of energy are matched, so that an entrepreneur gets the maximum return from the installation. The company has developed various concepts and business models to make the energy transition possible for everyone in this way. “The investments for this are very low and entrepreneurs can even earn money with their parking spaces.” Yield of the parking space To investigate what a solar charging station can provide for taxi entrepreneurs, AmeraPark carries out parking lot scans free of charge. Conditions for this scan are that an entrepreneur has six or more parking spaces and a location in the sun. Read also: Municipality of The Hague wants to get rid of hydrogen taxis in target group transport ) ‘Greening taxis and coaches can be done even faster if the government takes control’ Electric wheelchair transport: this is what awaits us