Dozens of taxi drivers in Amsterdam turned out for a protest against paid ride sharing platform Uber. The drivers gathered at the NDSM-plein in Amsterdam on Wednesday, angered by the alternative taxi service's low rates and high volume of drivers which the demonstrators said was crushing their organized trade.
The quality of Amsterdam taxis seem to be declining. Mystery guests traveled 200 trips in so-called TTO taxis last year and found no fault in only 19 of those trips, according to the Amsterdam Taxi Monitor 2018. Almost 40 percent of the trips involved major violations, like unnecessary detours and price manipulation, De Telegraaf reports.
The most common complaints about Amsterdam taxis involve drivers' driving and parking behavior, taxi drivers refusing a ride, the fare, and drivers treating customers or people on the street poorly.
The government, ProRail, NS, Schiphol and the Amsterdam Transport Region are very nearly at an agreement regarding the expansion of Schiphol train station. The renovations, which will include larger access gates and a new bus station, are scheduled to start in 2022 and expected to cost some 500 million euros, AD reports based on draft plans the newspaper got a look at.
Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period.
In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit.
This week ride-hailing company Uber launched a special complaint category for reporting discrimination in the Netherlands. This was prompted by drag queen Jennifer Hopelezz being refused a ride in Amsterdam earlier this month. Both drivers and passengers can use the button, and the complaint will be dealt with by email, chat or phone call, depending on its severity, NOS reports.
Punishments for discrimination will range from a warning to being barred from the Uber app, a spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
Taxi companies in Amsterdam are working with the municipality and the Amsterdam region's Discrimination Hotline to take measures to combat discrimination. This was prompted by an incident during Pride Amsterdam last year, when a taxi driver refused to give Pride ambassador Jennifer Hopelezz a ride. With Pride 2019 a month away, the taxi companies signed a declaration of intent for a discrimination-free taxi market, NOS reports.
While the nationwide public transit strike is annoying to most people, taxi drivers are smiling all the way. "Such a public transit strike can happen more often, according to us", a taxi driver at Amsterdam Central Station said to NOS. He expects a busy day. "We will see how many people we can help today."
An estimated 200 taxi drivers will be protesting on the Malieveld in The Hague on Tuesday afternoon against ride-hailing service Uber. Before the protest, two convoys of taxis will travel to The Hague from Amsterdam and Rotterdam at low speeds, not exceeding 60 kilometers per hour. The taxi drivers expect to start their protest in The Hague just after noon, the Telegraaf reports.
Uber is taking measures following a series of fatal accidents involving its drivers in Amsterdam. The ride-hailing service is increasing the minimum age for its drivers from 18 to 21 years, and new drivers must have at least a year of driving experience. Uber, in cooperation with safe traffic association VVN, is also developing a mandatory road safety course for all its drivers under the age of 25, NOS reports.
The age limit will only apply to new drivers, existing drivers who are under the age of 21 can continue to work for Uber.
A taxi driver who seriously injured a 9-year-old girl in a hit-and-run in Amsterdam on Thursday morning, turned himself in to the police later that day. .He was arrested, Het Parool reports.
The accident happened at the intersection of Admiraal de Ruijterweg and Jan van Galenstraat. Shorty before this hit-and-run, the taxi driver also hit a cyclist. The cyclist wasn't injured.
The Dutch association for traffic safety VVN wants to ban Uber from the road after a series of fatal accidents involving Uber taxis. "Four deaths in six weeks and yesterday another incident in Amsterdam where a 9-year-old girl was seriously injured and the driver just drove off", Rob Stomphorst of VVN said to the Telegraaf.
A 9-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident involving a taxi in Amsterdam on Thursday morning. The police are looking for the taxi driver.
The accident happened at the intersection of Adimaal de Ruijterweg and Jan van Galenstraat at around 9:30 a.m., the police said on Twitter. The numbers on the car's blue license plate are known to the police.
A trauma helicopter responded to the scene, according to RTL Nieuws. The girl was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.
Amsterdam traffic and transport alderman Sharon Dijksma is "very concerned" about traffic safety and taxis, she said after a 24-year-old woman died in a collision with an Uber taxi this weekend. "In recent times too many accidents happened where taxis are involved", Dijksma said, Het Parool reports.
The police arrested a 26-year-old taxi driver in a parking garage on Amstelstraat in Amsterdam on Sunday morning. The man had a firearm in his possession, was under the influence of alcohol, and did not have a valid driver's license, Het Parool reports.
Patrolling police officers heard shouts coming from the parking garage at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday and went to check it out. When they saw the taxi driver standing there with a firearm on him, the man was immediately arrested. One of the cops was slightly injured in the arrest.
A pedestrian died after being hit by a car on Rozengracht in the center of Amsterdam on Tuesday morning. The accident happened on the tram lane, where only taxi drivers with a permit can drive, AD reports.
The accident happened around 10:00 a.m. The pedestrian died at the scene. As yet nothing is known about the victim's identity.
The driver was taken to a police station for questioning, as is standard procedure. The taxi driver was driving a black Toyota. For which company the driver works, is not known.
The Human Environment and Transport inspectorate, police, Public Prosecutor, and Tax Authorities are investigating large-scale taxi fraud in the Amsterdam area. Hundreds of illegal taxis are driving around Amsterdam and Schiphol airport, the Inspectorate said to newspaper AD.
When it comes to price per kilometer, a taxi from Schiphol airport is the 10th most expensive in Europe, according to a survey by Vliegveldinfo and AirMundo of the official taxi fares of the 50 busiest airports in Europe. Schiphol taxis charge 2.65 euros per kilometer. The most expensive airport taxis are in Geneva, at 5.67 euros per kilometer, the Telegraaf reports.
A police car and a police van collided with each other on Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam on Thursday night. A taxi was also hit in the accident. Two police officers sustained minor injuries, AT5 reports.
The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. A police bus was driving over Prins Hendrikkade with lights flashing and sirens blaring. It made a left turn to cross Prins Hendrikkade again, did not see a police car due to a passing tram, and hit the police car on the left flank, according to the broadcaster.
Four people were hurt in a collision between a tram, a bus and a taxi on De Lairessestraat in Amsterdam Zuid on Thursday morning, Het Parool reports.
The taxi driver, a passenger of the tram, and a bus passenger were taken to hospital. The fourth victim was treated at the scene. Their current condition is unknown.
A police spokesperson told the newspaper, the bus had to brake for the taxi. The tram couldn't brake in time and hit the bus, which then crashed into the taxi.
A taxi crashed into a gas station in Zaandam on Sunday afternoon. A total of three people were injured, two people who were pumping gas and the taxi driver. According to the police, the taxi driver lost control of his vehicle for still unknown reasons.
The accident happened at a Texaco gas station on Julianaweg, which runs parallel to the A8 towards Amsterdam, according to AD. The three victims were taken to hospital, a spokesperson for the police said to the newspaper. He could not say anything about their condition.
Taxi drivers in the Netherlands are planning an attack on Uber's head office in Amsterdam. According to messages sent on Telegram group 'WegMetUber', taxi drivers plan to storm the Uber office with fire bombs, AD reports.
The newspaper came across the group chat on messaging service Telegram, which now has around 300 anonymous members. A recent call on the group states that the attack is planned at 4:00 p.m. on March 20th. "Everything and everyone is welcome. Bring your bricks, fireworks and molotovs with you!" the call reads.
The strike of regional public transportation workers in the Netherlands caused a great deal of problems for travellers on their way to and from the Eindhoven Airport. The strike had been announced on Jan. 2 by the labor unions CNV and FNV, though not everybody was prepared for Thursday's inconvenience.
Three Almelo children spent two and a half hours terrified in a taxi on Monday. The taxi driver picked them up to take them to school in Enschede, but instead drove them to Germany. 12-year-old Kiki Kuitert managed to let her mom know what was happening and begged the driver to drive more carefully and pull over after he hit at least two guardrails, mother Hilleke Kuitert writes on Facebook.
The Dutch police are almost certain that a body found in a German forest, just across the border from the Limburg town of Susteren, over the weekend is the Dutch driver of a taxi found abandoned on the A12 near Zevenhuizen on Sunday morning. The taxi driver is a young man in his early 20s, AD reports.