The municipality of Amsterdam has rightly withdrawn the Taxxxi permit and the associated bus lane exemption for a taxi driver in that city. The man lost the summary proceedings that he had filed with the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal, in which he had objected to the decision of the municipality.

The Taxxxi permit is necessary for drivers to be able to drive on the boarding market in Amsterdam. The drivers whose license has been revoked made a serious mistake at the end of February this year. He passed an intersection at very high speed, did not give way to pedestrians who wanted to cross at a crosswalk, drove at more than 92 kilometers per hour on a regular bus lane and a tram track and ignored including the red traffic light for trams.

The police found that he was no longer suitable to drive a taxi because he had exhibited dangerous and antisocial traffic behaviour. His driver’s license and line manager exemption have been recovered and he has been registered for an Education Measure Behavior (EMG), a mandatory course at the CBR for drivers who have behaved at risk on the road. The judge sentenced the driver to a fine in March. At the end of April, the municipality of Amsterdam withdrew its Taxxxi permit after a report from the police.

Major financial consequences During the hearing At the judge, the man said that he deeply regretted his behavior, but that the withdrawal of the license would have major financial consequences for him. He is also the breadwinner and takes care of two young children. Moreover, he had received his driving license back from the police judge.

The judge showed understanding for the personal situation, but emphasized once again that it was a serious traffic offense for which he had to undergo a compulsory behavioral course. has been imposed on. According to the judge, the law offers little scope to deviate from the decision of the municipality to withdraw the bus lane exemption, which also means that the Taxxxi permit will expire. The judge therefore rejected the man’s objection.

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Transport company Ambutax from Veghel will take over industry partner Willems Business Cars from Hoogeloon as of 1 July. With this, Ambutax wants to strengthen its position in the region around Eindhoven, Den Bosch and Veghel. Earlier this week, the management boards of the Brabant family businesses signed the takeover agreement.

The two companies are a good match. “At Ambutax it’s all about reliability, flexibility and safety. Willems shares those standards and values, which is why I think their services fit in seamlessly with ours,” says Sjors van de Veerdonk, director of Ambutax. “We are broadening our horizons with a strong partner.” The brothers Rob and Geert-Jan Willems agree. “We leave our company in good hands.”

Part of multi-year plan Van de Veerdonk took over Ambutax a year ago from his parents. He has been working there since 2011. The takeover of Willems was already part of the multi-year plan that he made when he took over, but the intention was only to do it after five or six years. When Willems knocked on Ambutax’s door himself, Van de Veerdonk was eager to talk to the company, even though it happened in the middle of the corona crisis.

Rob and Geert-Jan Willems took charge of their family taxi company. in 1993 about. Over time, the company has increasingly focused on business transport and has said goodbye to wheelchair transport, which Willems did at first. The company has about employees and they can all work at Ambutax.

Possible new name After the takeover, the pitches will remain the same for the time being, although the drivers and customer service will be managed from Veghel. The intention is that the two companies will eventually merge completely, possibly under a different – ​​somewhat more international – name. This must be realized at the latest at the end 2023 or at the beginning 2024. The Willems brothers will remain involved for the time being to ensure a smooth takeover.

Ambutax was founded in 1962, albeit not yet under that name. As with Willems, the focus has shifted over time to business transport for companies. In addition, Ambutax provides private transport and medical transport for, among others, general practitioners and laboratories. Like Willems, the carrier has about employees. There are currently no occupation problems, says Van de Veerdonk. Both companies have many employees who have been with them for a long time.

In the third round of negotiations for a new collective labor agreement for Healthcare Transport and Taxi earlier this month, trade unions and employers have not really come together yet. According to FNV, the employers’ offer has improved slightly, but still far from enough.

According to FNV negotiator Meindert Gorter, the positions of both parties are still “miles away.” ” apart. “After a day of negotiations, the employers’ proposal is scanty, but has already improved. But a wage offer of less than 3 percent per year and no price compensation for inflation is below par. And then the remuneration for the flexible deployment of employees must also come from that 3 percent. There is already some movement on sick days, such as the abolition of the waiting day for the first sick report. But being ill is not a choice, that fine must be removed.”

Max/flex regulation After the opening round of the Collective labor agreement negotiations, which FNV calls “seriously disappointing”, the union had included a number of drivers during the third meeting who, prior to the negotiations, made clear with their personal stories what they consider important in the new collective labor agreement. Higher wages, for example, and no need to hand in wages in the event of illness.

The unions also want more clarity about the max/flex arrangement. The intention was to improve the working conditions of employees with this scheme. In practice, according to Gorter, some employees interpret the scheme in a different way than the trade unions, to the detriment of the employees.

Petition ‘real wages for real work’ The union leader also denounces the role of governments, who all put small contracts on the market that are paid for from different flows of money and mainly look at price. As a result, drivers can only work few hours for a meager salary, so that they can barely make ends meet.

To draw more attention to the problems in the sector, FNV will soon start a petition among the denominator ‘real pay for real work’. With this, the union wants to reach a broad target group: union members and non-union members and non-union members, but also, for example, customers who use healthcare transport.

At the end of this week and the end of next week there will also be Negotiations planned for the new taxi collective labor agreement again.

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Six taxi drivers were arrested Friday night by the police in Amsterdam for driving under the influence of drugs. The police carried out a major drug check, together with the Team Taxi Business of the municipality of Amsterdam.

A total of fifty drivers were checked. One of them refused a blood test. Subsequently, the police confiscated his driver’s license and driver’s card.

Other violations The police held the same night with cars that were not recognizable were also police vehicles to monitor taxis around the checkpoint. An official report was drawn up 28 for matters such as driving behaviour, technical defects and fraudulent acts. Two regular bus exemptions were also taken and one driving license was recovered due to a speeding violation.

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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The pilot with flexible and demand-driven transport in the Zeeland municipality of Reimerswaal has been extended until 1 November. The so-called Meeting Bus is used on Tuesday afternoons for residents with specific transport needs. The pilot started on 5 April.

The pilot stems from the Regional Mobility Strategy of the province, municipalities and other parties in Zeeland. In that plan, Zeeland wants to better connect all kinds of transport, since both public transport and target group transport are under heavy pressure in the sparsely populated province. The province wants to overcome these problems with a new mobility system.

It provides room for forms of transport such as shared taxis and small vans, as a supplement to target group transport and volunteer initiatives. A Zeeland Mobility Center that has yet to be set up must coordinate all that transport. Smart use will also be made of various data flows to improve transport in Zeeland. A budget has also been set aside to test new developments in the form of pilots, such as demand-driven transport.

Meeting bus Reimerswaal With the Meeting Bus Reimerswaal, the initiators aim at residents who want to go out, but for whom the existing transport does not offer a good solution. That is why the neighborhood bus Waarde is used flexibly for the pilot every Tuesday afternoon between half past one and three o’clock. The bus picks up passengers after reservation via the municipal transport center and also brings them back. The neighborhood bus normally runs at fixed times and stops. A ride costs 2 euros and that amount must be debited into the bus.

The Meeting Bus is an initiative of the municipality of Reimerswaal, the province of Zeeland, Connexxion, Zorggroep Ter Weel and neighborhood bus association Waarde.

The aim of the pilot is to see whether there is interest in such a form of transport. If that is indeed the case, this form of demand-driven transport will be rolled out further in the province in places where there is a need for it.

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Not all the agreements in the Climate Agreement in the field of mobility are on schedule yet. For example, target group transport lagged behind. This is apparent from the latest SUM report 2022 (State of Affairs Implementation of Climate Policy Mobility).

The delay in making target-group transport more sustainable is partly due to a lack of official capacity at central government, State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen (Infrastructure and the Environment) wrote to the House of Representatives. Extra capacity will only be available this year and the focus will be on acceleration.

Knowledge network of municipalities The SUM report shows that there are now 2015 parties that participate in the administrative agreement on zero-emission target-group transport (BAZEB). In that agreement, the signatory parties have agreed that the target group transport for which they are responsible will be emission-free from 1 January 2024 at the latest. A so-called Buyers Group Target Group Transport has now also been launched, a network in which municipalities share knowledge and develop joint purchasing strategies.

The results of various studies are expected this year. This concerns research into the range of vehicles for zero-emission target-group transport, research into the operation of the MIA/Vamil scheme for target-group transport and the baseline measurement for the further sustainability of target-group transport. This year, a Platform for Target Group Transport Clients will also be established, including the BAZED working group, which monitors the progress of the achievement of the objectives of the administrative agreement and develops and shares knowledge about zero-emission tendering for target group transport.

Electric cars are growing faster than expected Although the sustainability of target group transport still needs to get underway, things are improving in other transport areas. State Secretary Heijnen considers it positive that the growth in the number of electric passenger cars is faster than expected in the Climate Agreement. The share of private registrations of new electric passenger cars was 06 percent in 2021. This is almost double the period between 2015 and 2015. This rapid growth is partly due to an increase in the available subsidy for the purchase.

The subsidy for the purchase of new and used electric passenger cars stops in 2024 and current tax incentives, such as the motor vehicle tax rebate for electric vehicles, will end after 2024. Heijnen expects that stimulus measures will continue to be necessary after that. An evaluation of the effect of the measures is currently underway in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance. Heijnen will inform the House about this at the beginning of next year at the latest. It will also let you know whether it will continue with incentives and, if so, in what form.

Hydrogen Another A positive development is that the use of renewable fuels is on track. Hydrogen is still in the start-up phase, Heijnen notes. “Scaling up and developing a balanced network of filling stations in combination with (heavy) vehicles remains limited. The application of (green) hydrogen is moving from the experimental phase to upscaling.”

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The conflict between taxi platform and trade union FNV proves once again that more government guidance is needed to come up with a good solution for the self-employed. That is what lawyer and lecturer in employment law Johan Zwemmer of the University of Amsterdam said earlier this week in the TV program EenVandaag. He believes that the sanction-free verdict of the judge last autumn did not help either party.

The judge ruled in that judgment that the Uber drivers are not self-employed. but workers. Uber must therefore hire them and adhere to the taxi collective agreement. According to the American company, that is not possible at all because this collective labor agreement is unworkable for a platform company such as that of Uber. Because Uber has not yet implemented the collective labor agreement, FNV again went to court last week to demand that the Uber drivers be hired after all with a penalty payment.

Adjust taxi-cao To EenVandaag Zwemmer said he understood both points of view. As long as the Uber drivers are not employed, they do not pay premiums and taxes and do not accrue pension. They are also vulnerable if they lose their job, as FNV emphasizes. At the same time, the teacher can imagine that it is difficult for Uber to implement the collective labor agreement in its existing form. “Uber sees itself as a platform and works with a different model than traditional taxi companies, for which the existing collective labor agreement has been drawn up.”

Last fall’s verdict does not really help the parties either, because the judge does not impose any sanctions. Zwemmer sees the solution in negotiations between Uber and FNV, in which both parties add water to the wine. “Both parties must comply.” They can, for example, see whether an adjusted taxi collective agreement can be drawn up that better matches the business model of Uber.

General social problem The lack of employment contracts is not only an issue with platforms such as Uber, but is a general social problem according to Zwemmer. That is why he argued at EenVandaag for more government guidance. In the eyes of Zwemmer, the efforts made by the government so far seem to indicate that the cabinet does not know what to do with the self-employed.

We are now waiting for the verdict from the judge in last week’s lawsuit. In addition, there is still an appeal from Uber against the judge’s verdict from last fall.

Comparable case: Deliveroo Coincidentally, the Supreme Court ruled last week in a similar case, except that it did not concern Uber, but meal delivery company Deliveroo. It also revolved around the question of whether – in this case – deliverers are employees or self-employed. FNV had entered the legal battle a few years ago. Earlier, the court and the court of appeal had already ruled that meal deliverers work on the basis of an employment contract. The Supreme Court came to the same conclusion.

In the judgment the highest court elaborates on Dutch and European developments related to platform work. Like lawyer Johan Zwemmer, the Supreme Court also notes that the lack of enforcement by the government in assessing employment relationships is a major problem. As a result, companies can easily push the boundaries.

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The municipality of Renkum has awarded the new contract for student transport to Noot Touringcar Ede. The agreement has a term of six years with an option to extend it again for another two years.

Renkum was mainly guided by quality in the selection. That criterion counted for 65 percent. The remaining 35 percent concerned price. There are four companies that have registered. Nut came out on top. The company has been operating student transport in Renkum for years.

The municipality has been committed to reducing the costs of student transport for some time now by teaching children to travel independently by public transport. .

The transport of the Drecht and Wijkhopper and the transport to the daytime activities in the Drechtsteden is under heavy pressure. That is why Stroomlijn, the director of the taxi services for the Drechtsteden, is now sounding the alarm. The organization asks the 18. travelers using these transportation services for understanding.

Due to a combination of factors, demand is greater than offer, reports the mobility platform. After the disappearance of the corona measures, the demand from WMO travelers has increased sharply, while there is a shortage of personnel on the labor market and absenteeism is high among drivers who drive in the Drechtsteden. In addition, it has become a lot busier on the roads, which means that the taxi vans often end up in traffic jams. “We expect this problem to get worse,” says Stroomlijn.

Especially during peak hours The organization says it all to get the service back to the old level, for example by recruiting extra staff, reducing absenteeism and by devising “innovative solutions”. Stroomlijn is also in talks with the seven municipalities in the Drechtsteden area to look for solutions together.

The problems mainly occur before ten o’clock in the morning and between four and six o’clock’ in the afternoon. During those peak hours, other target group transport also has problems, such as student transport. As long as the problems persist, Stroomlijn advises its customers to order a ride well in advance and, if possible, to travel during off-peak hours.

Tender Streamlijn is in the middle of the tendering procedure for new carriers for taxi services in the Drechtsteden. The transport is divided over a number of lots. The current contracts expire on January 1 2016. The tender period for the tender has now closed. The award will be announced shortly.

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