The job search continues for many taxi drivers, many of whom are not even in order with permits. That remains out of the last checks. Saturday the ILT held a joint taxi check with the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee at Schiphol. 20 taxis were checked here. A cease and desist order has been imposed 4 times, 1x the working and rest times were not recorded and 1x illegal driving on BSN. A constant cat and mouse game that has been a thorn in the side of many other entrepreneurs for years, since we in the Netherlands are still not able to get those 'cowboys' off the road for good. The regular fine for mustaches is € 4.300 and in addition, the ILT a Load under Compulsory Payment (LOD). This means that in the event of repetition, a fine of € 10.000 per time follows, with a maximum of € 40.000.
Illegal taxi transport is popularly referred to as 'mustaches', or 'black taxi'. These are providers of taxi transport that do not have the required license (issued by Kiwa Register BV). The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) and the police supervise taxi transport. The latest figures from Statistics Netherlands show that we currently have 11.065 taxi companies in the Netherlands, of which 10.620 are natural persons. This means that the sector still seems to consist mainly of 'single burners'. The company population is a snapshot on the first day of each quarter. In the same quarterly monitor by Statistics Netherlands, it seems that the sharp decline in taxi transport is over.
After the outbreak of the corona pandemic and the virtual standstill of air passenger transport from March 2020, the aviation industry is slowly recovering. In the second quarter of 2021, 3,9 million passengers traveled to and from the five national airports in the Netherlands. That is more than four times as many as in the same period a year earlier, but still almost 18 million fewer passengers than in the second quarter of 2019.
Snorder activities are also passed on to the tax authorities. If benefit fraud is detected, it is reported by the municipality (social investigation) to the UWV. Using snorders can also have consequences for others. In the event of signals about the facilitation of illegal taxi transport by the Inspectorate and the municipalities, catering entrepreneurs are informed of the consequences of this, both verbally and in writing (BIBOB Act). Passengers of snorders are not (yet) punishable. If you use a black taxi, be aware that it may not be sufficiently insured. And that you have to arrange other transport during an inspection.
You can report illegal taxi transport (snorder/black taxi) at the ILT. Based on the signals and findings received, the Inspectorate sends letters to suspected snorers, pointing out the consequences if illegal activities are continued. If it turns out that the snorder has already been warned via an information letter, that he is a repeat offender or that he has been caught in the act, this has serious consequences.
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