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Cruise has been licensed to provide self-driving taxi transportation on the streets of the US city of San Francisco. The difference with such services previously offered in the US is that Cruise’s vehicles do not even have an employee on board to intervene in case of an emergency.

Cruise, which is funded by General Motors, has been licensed by the California Public Utilities Commission to deploy the service. Although the fact that there will be no ‘safety drivers’ on board is a new step in the rollout of self-driving taxis, there are conditions attached to Cruise’s activities.

Do not drive in bad weather For example, the company is allowed to have a maximum of thirty autonomous taxis on the road and the crowds in the Bay Area are emphatically avoided. Cruise may only offer rides between PM and 6 AM in the out-of-town neighborhoods. In heavy rain, hail, sleet or fog or other bad conditions, the self-driving taxis are not allowed on the road. And sharing the vehicles with strangers is not allowed; people are only allowed to travel together in the taxi if they belong to the same group.

Roll out gradually Cruise yourself lightly in a blog titled ‘We’re going commercial’, which means ‘We’re going commercial’. The permit marks the turning point for the company between development and testing on the one hand and offering paid transport with self-driving taxis on the other. That is not to say that Cruise immediately pushes the limits of what the permit allows. The service will be rolled out gradually, with a pleasant experience for customers as the starting point.

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An independent taxi operator who almost 000. received euros in corona support, must repay that amount from the judge. On closer inspection, it turned out that he did not meet the requirements for the benefit.

The man applied for support for three periods through the Temporary Bridging Scheme for Independent Entrepreneurs (Tozo). For Tozo 1 and Tozo 2, the benefit was awarded to him for a total amount of just under 000.05 euros. But for the third period, the application was rejected. The municipality also decided to reclaim the money that had been allocated in the first two periods.

This happened because it was suspected that the man was not staying at the address he had previously received. of the benefit. And where someone lives determines what rights this person may have to receive Tozo support from a municipality. Providing correct and complete information is essential for providing the assistance, and according to the municipality this had not happened.

Neighbors did not know him The decision to reject the third application and to recover the aid from the first two periods was taken on the basis of further investigation. Among other things, it emerged that the local residents at the address provided did not know the man and that a family would live there. The latter was supported by the data on water consumption. According to the man, it is logical that the neighbors did not know him; he arrived in the evening and left in the morning and did not know his neighbors either.

The taxi driver’s statement contains several addresses and the reasons why he sometimes or more often stayed there. That had to do with his divorce, his work as a taxi driver, working in a friend’s company, staying with his parents and more. But he insists that he slept at the address given and that his things were also there. And with that that he was entitled to a Tozo benefit from the municipality in which that address is located.

No entitlement to Tozo According to the judge, the point is that the man has not been unambiguous in his statements about staying at the address in question. As far as the judge is concerned, the municipality has shown that the taxi driver did not have the specified address as his main residence during the period for which he received the corona support. And that means that he was not entitled to a Tozo benefit from that municipality. With that, the reclaim of the almost 000.05 euros paid out in place. According to the judge, there are urgent reasons to (partially) waive that recovery.

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According to the trade union FNV, the employers’ organization KNV has started negotiations for a new collective labor agreement for Taxi transport without making any real proposals. The union believes that the taxi sector does not take its employees seriously and indicates that it does not accept this behaviour.

Collective labor agreement negotiations usually start with the exchange of mutual proposals. The trade unions and employers’ organizations then say which agreements they want to have in the new collective labor agreement. FNV Taxi drew up a document containing eighteen points for a collective labor agreement with a term of one year. The union wants, among other things, that wages are automatically adjusted every year to maintain purchasing power. Furthermore, FNV proposes that a minimum hourly wage of 07 euro gross will be introduced and that agreements are made on matters such as flexibility, working time, locations, commuting and charging electric vehicles.

Do not change the Collective Labor Agreement Against the eighteen points of FNV, there are four of KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi. And this shows that the parties are at least far apart at the beginning of this process. In fact, the employers are only proposing three changes: a term of two years, a wage increase that fits in with the general wage adjustment and agreements about the paid time. Point 4 reads: “We propose not to change the collective labor agreement any further.”

There is also a lack of further proposals because employers attach great value to the agreed vision of the future of the sector . In the letter with proposals, KNV writes that it is still under development. The sector organization is therefore now arguing for peace of mind and few changes to the collective labor agreement, so that the changes can be implemented properly in the future. During the talks, the KNV can make additional proposals.

Inflation hits hard The employers indicate in their letter that the corona crisis is still having major consequences in the sector and that there are further problems with, among other things, rising costs and lack of staff. The union points out that the high inflation is especially hard for many people with a relatively low income and that these blows must be absorbed in a new collective labor agreement for Taxi transport. The union believes that employers are hiding behind the aforementioned challenges so as not to have to make real proposals.

“They mainly want to make it clear that they are in dire straits because of corona, the high inflation and rising fuel prices. It is not seen that as an employee you also have to pay your rent and energy bill and would like to continue to eat,” said FNV. “We do not accept this behavior from employers. We want them to take us seriously and come up with a decent proposal.”

Apart from the fact that the parties seem to be extra far apart this time, it happens more often that the taxi union exchange of proposals for the new collective labor agreement is an opportunity to draw attention to the positions and the negotiations. KNV indicates that it does not wish to comment further on the matter at the moment.

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Because the sole tenderer withdrew from the new tender, the municipality of Den Bosch has agreed with the current student transport companies that they will continue their work for another year. It concerns Van Driel and Juijn.

The tender was divided into two lots. Lot 2 concerns gym transport. This has simply been awarded to Kupers Touringcars. This company came out on top of three bidders. The term of the contract will start on August 1 and will end six years later, after which it can also be extended: first by two years and then possibly by another year.

Nothing will change for the time being For the transport to and from educational institutions and workshops, it was already planned that part of this transport would only be added to the contract a year later. But also for the part for which a new contractor was sought as of 1 August, nothing will change for the time being. A tender was received, but that party ultimately requested to be excluded from the tender. This company was unable to demonstrate that the suitability requirement ‘compliance with the collective labor agreement’ could be met.

Pupils and parents do not notice anything Because the sole tenderer was therefore excluded, the municipality of Den Bosch could not award plot 1. With too little time to tender again , the solution was found close to home, says a spokesperson. “The municipality has found the current carriers Van Driel and Juijn willing to take care of the non-awarded journeys in the coming school year. For students and parents this means that they will not notice anything because the current services will be continued. Preparations for the new tender have already started.”

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The Court of Appeal finds that the Municipality of The Hague rightly excludes hydrogen-powered vehicles from tendering for target group transport because they are not sustainable enough. The court thus confirms the court’s earlier decision.

The lawsuit and appeal were filed by an operator of a hydrogen filling station in The Hague. The current contractor Noot purchases his hydrogen there for the vehicles that run on it. With the award of the transport to Noot in 2021, the Municipality of The Hague set the tone for hydrogen vehicles in target group transport . The company eventually took many dozens of these taxis into use, especially in The Hague but also beyond.

Do not stimulate hydrogen But in the new tender for target group transport, the municipality decided not to encourage the use of hydrogen-powered taxis. Emission-free driving is certainly good for extra points for winning this contract with a term of six to eight years, but in that regard hydrogen is not considered sufficiently sustainable seen. This is in contrast to battery-electric, because these vehicles would benefit the improvement of air quality the most and would also have more efficiency measured over the entire lifespan.

BP Kerkhof and OrangeGas opened following the award to Noot and the resulting demand for a hydrogen filling station in The Hague. It was therefore a major setback for these parties when the municipality decided to exclude hydrogen in the new tender. After all, there are still few vehicles running on hydrogen outside of target group transport. A lawsuit followed through Kerkhof, trying to demonstrate that hydrogen is an equivalent alternative to battery-electric. However, the judge did not agree; who judged that the exclusion of hydrogen in the tender is justified.

Judgment confirmed The losing party disagreed and lodged an appeal. In it, it was again attempted to demonstrate that hydrogen with the goals set by the municipality of The Hague is not inferior to battery-electric. But the court of appeal was also not convinced by that reasoning and confirmed the judge’s earlier ruling .

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2021

A striking outcome of the tender for student transport in Veldhoven: the Van Gerwen Group will carry out this job as a franchisee of DVG. Van Gerwen and the municipality of Veldhoven are currently just finishing a difficult four-year collaboration, in which they met each other in court several times.

The conflicts between client and carrier started with one of the few matters on which the parties could agree: the execution was not something to write home about in the beginning. But where Van Gerwen subsequently thought that the desired level was achieved quickly, the municipality thought otherwise. And that difference of opinion continued to determine the atmosphere for four years. The carrier was first given notice of default and then the contract was even terminated. For this, the taxi company successfully instituted summary proceedings .

Compensation for damages and bankruptcy The municipality of Veldhoven respected this statement and continued the cooperation, but the opinion was still that the transport was below standard. The carrier demanded compensation of 12.000 euros for legal costs and reputational damage, but the municipality rejected them. As a result, the company (in their own words) even went bankrupt, although a restart was quickly realized.

In proceedings on the merits about the entire conflict, the municipality was found in the right in the dispute about the quality of transport, but it did decide to cancel Van Gerwen’s contract until 1 July 2026 to be served. However, the announcement that the option for extension at the end of last year was not used came as a surprise to no one.

Wonders are not yet out of the world Not taking up the option meant that a new tender was put on the market. And that was won by franchise organization De Vier Gewesten, which works with one franchisee per region. In the area in question it is therefore the same carrier that already took care of this assignment. In the announcement about the new contract, the municipality of Veldhoven does not say a word about the difficult cooperation with Van Gerwen. Director Marco van Gerwen will do this to TaxiPro if requested.

“The wonders are not over yet”, he acknowledges. “We have indeed won this tender again, this time via DVG with us as the only carrier. Despite the significant price increase, this was successful, because no one else had registered. The latter is probably due to the maximum price that has been set in combination with the many routes for which drivers are needed in an area where many people are sought for work. This is doable for us because we also provide almost all other transport in Veldhoven, such as patient transport and transport for organizations such as Severinus and ASML.”

Trust in good cooperation Marco van Gerwen also indicates that the municipality is calling on Trafficon for contract management for the first year. The transporter will also have a different contact person at the municipality than in previous years, so that Van Gerwen has every confidence that everything will work out. From the municipality, the responsible alderman also indicated that he was looking forward to a successful cooperation. It will run for at least four years, from next school year up to and including 2026-2022.

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A taxi driver was injured in an accident in Amsterdam last weekend. It is possible that the driver of the other vehicle involved ran a red light.

This is reported by the local news medium AT5. The accident took place on the Gooiseweg, at the entrance to the A, in the night from Friday to Saturday.

Alcohol The police are still investigating the cause of the incident. There are indications that the driver of the passenger car ran a red light. It is also being investigated whether alcohol has been involved.

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Patient organisations, carriers and insurers have made agreements with each other about high-quality seated patient transport for an adequate fee. KNV Zorgvervoer en Taxi signed the covenant on behalf of the carriers.

That document with agreements has its origin in 2019. At the time, the then Minister of Health asked the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa) to investigate, together with the market parties, whether there are problems with the procurement of patient transport. KNV, together with the trade unions, had been pushing for this for some time. The talks were delayed by the corona pandemic, but were picked up again a little over a year ago.

Now there is a document that has been signed next to KNV by Zorgverzekeraars Nederland and four (umbrella) organizations for people who make use of seated patient transport: Elke(In), the Federation of Cancer Patient Organisations, the Dutch Kidney Patients Association and the Dutch Patient Federation. The Covenant on quality guidelines for patient transport forms the basis and assurance of the agreements made.

Leiden to noticeable improvements “With these guidelines, the signatories want to provide the negotiations between the parties on a good basis, taking into account price, efficiency and quality”, KNV writes in an explanation. “For example, patients or clients can not only count on good quality transport, they can also rely on these guidelines that complaints will be treated adequately. After all, the goal is that they ultimately lead to noticeable improvements. By signing this covenant, all parties commit themselves to jointly ensure that this is guaranteed.

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Hospital carriers who lost their turnover in 50 due to the corona measures, can apply for a continuity contribution. The health insurers have made agreements about this with the KNV Healthcare Transport and Taxi sector organization.

The time when daily life was limited by corona measures is behind us for the time being. But that does not alter the fact that many companies have lost a lot of turnover in recent years due to these restrictions. This also applies to healthcare providers, to which passenger carriers are also included in this context. In 50, like many others, they mainly had to deal with the consequences of forced closures. To ensure that these providers would not collapse en masse and that a shortage would therefore arise after the corona pandemic, the health insurers decided for 50 a continuity contribution scheme in the Scheme also offered for 50 In 50 the problems were of course not over yet. At that time, the restrictions on the number of people who could be transported simultaneously in the same vehicle caused a drop in turnover. For that reason, Zorgverzekeraars Nederland decided to also offer the scheme with regard to 50. The frameworks for that regulation have not changed compared to 50. From 50 May, ambulance transporters can submit an application to the same VECOZO portal as a year earlier.

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A taxi driver in Amsterdam did not make the most of this weekend. He was caught working illegally in the boarding market while under the influence of drugs. Despite the driving ban imposed on him by the police, he was found behind the wheel of his taxi less than an hour later.

At a taxi check aimed at driving under the influence, the police in Amsterdam arrested five taxi drivers last weekend because they tested positive for drug use. According to the police, one of them made it very difficult.

“He was caught by Enforcement illegally operating the boarding market (second time), for which a report has been drawn up. The order subject to penalty for this is soon 5.50 euros. He was also found to be driving under the influence of drugs. After he was sent away with a driving ban of 13 hours, it seemed to be over,” said the police on Instagram.

Same driver again “Unfortunately, our video car did not see 45 minutes later drive the relevant taxi again. When stopped, the same driver was still driving. An official report was drawn up for driving during a driving ban (crime) and his taxi pass was immediately confiscated. We expect that this driver will have to perform a different profession in the coming years.”

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The action, which was held by the Infrastructure Department of the Amsterdam police and Team Taxizaken of the municipality, about fifty drivers were checked. Five of them tested positive for the use of THC, cocaine, amphetamine or methamphetamine, the police said on Instagram. They have all been arrested. Of the five drivers caught, three actually had customers in their taxi at the time of the check.

Fraudulent acts Although the action was aimed at driving taxis while intoxicated, several other violations of the rules also emerged. This involved technical defects in and on the taxi, displaying unacceptable traffic behavior and fraudulent acts in the on-board computer taxi.

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