Amsterdam mayor seeks change in taxi regulations

6th July 2009, Comments 3 comments

A 44-year-old man died after getting in a fight with a taxi driver on Saturday.

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

3 Comments To This Article

  • John posted:

    on 7th July 2009, 21:44:23 - Reply

    always use amsterdam travel taxi best in town
  • derek Harwell posted:

    on 7th July 2009, 09:34:08 - Reply

    I have never encountered a nice or professional taxi driver in Amsterdam. I find the entire system one of the most embarrassing part of Amsterdam and always tell visitors to avoid taxis at all costs. It is a real shame for those drivers who are professional and realize they are in customer relations.
  • emmitt mak posted:

    on 6th July 2009, 11:19:01 - Reply

    I used to use the cabs in Amsterdam in the 90's and it was tricky then. Since that time there has been a serious erosion of decency in most of the cab business. It has come to a point that I will only use one cab company which I have had good luck with, and I advise anyone who asks to use a known company for cab rides, or do not use them at all. I have heard talk of this being a race driven or culture clash issue. It is not. The bigest attempted cab rip off that I have encountered was in a cab with a nice looking 20 something white dutch lady from North of Amsterdam. Race has nothing to do with it. Unfortunately, the cab business needs to be closely regulated if it is to be an effective part of the Amsterdam transportation sytem. I fell in love with Holland when it was a bastion of decency. Things have changed and that no longer is the case... but I still love Holland. I just avoid the cabs.