In March, April, May and June 2022, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) carried out checks on safe taxi transport for special target groups. During 13 days of action throughout the country, the ILT inspected 193 wheelchair buses and 26 busses for student transport. The inspection found a total of 30 violations: this involved no or incorrect use of the seat belt and/or loose load.

Attach wheelchair and seat belt

When transporting passengers in wheelchairs, the driver is responsible for securing the wheelchair safely. The driver is also responsible for the correct wearing of seat belts by students and wheelchair passengers. In practice, this sometimes turns out to go wrong. The ILT found in 8 vehicles that the wheelchair or seat belt was not or not properly attached. The drivers concerned received a warning for this.

loose objects

More often things went wrong with the cargo. The driver must ensure that all luggage, empty scooters, wheelchairs, rollators and unused securing equipment are properly secured. This is to prevent this load from causing injury in the event of an emergency stop or a collision. However, in 22 of the vehicles checked, objects were loose in the vehicle. 18 drivers received a warning for this, 4 an official report. The fine for loose cargo in wheelchair transport is €250 excluding administration costs.

care

The ILT supervises the regulations for taxi transport. In taxi transport for special target groups, the focus is on passenger safety. During the corona pandemic, the ILT inspected this taxi transport less intensively because of the vulnerability of these passengers. As a result of the checks in recent months, the Inspectorate has noted an increase in violations compared to previous years. The ILT asks drivers to be careful to avoid serious consequences of accidents.

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