Amsterdam -- The mayor of Amsterdam has called for a change to the regulations governing taxis and the granting of licenses to drivers following the death of a passenger after a fight with a taxi driver in the city.
A taxi driver apparently hit the passenger after an argument broke out between them on Saturday night in the city's central Leidseplein square.
The passenger, 44, was taken to hospital but died a few hours later on Sunday morning. The 37-year-old taxi diver has been arrested.
Mayor Job Cohen called the death "an appalling and disgraceful incident". In 2001, the taxi sector was liberalised, allowing anyone to apply for a taxi licence.
Since then, the number of complaints against taxi drivers in Amsterdam has increased as taxi drivers exhibit rude behaviour, refuse short trips and overcharge passengers.
Meanwhile, Deputy Transport Minister Tineke Huizinga announced she would propose new legislation to the Lower House this week which would grant local authorities greater powers to manage the taxi sector.
However, a ministry spokesperson said the move did not come in response to the recent incident but was a development of existing policy.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica