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Money hunting in Eindhoven leads to inconvenience for residents

People are willing to break rules and decency in their pursuit of money. In Eindhoven there is a commotion surrounding a modern phenomenon known as 'free money', where amounts of money are hidden in random public locations and distributed via social media...

Booking.com under fire with tax issues and competition concerns

Booking.com under fire with tax issues and competition concerns

The accumulation of setbacks for Booking.com illustrates the complex legal and financial environment in which international online travel organizations operate. Booking.com, the well-known online travel organization with headquarters in the Netherlands, is once again in dire straits. After a financial settlement with Italian tax authorities,…

Military vehicles may be Born's new pride

Military vehicles may be Born's new pride

Geopolitical tensions may bring military production to Born as VDL Nedcar's new course. The future of the famous VDL Nedcar car factory in Born, known for the production of iconic models such as Dafjes, Volvos, Smarts, Mitsubishis and Minis, may be...

Rabobank not responsible for OAD bankruptcy

Rabobank not responsible for OAD bankruptcy

Ruling in appeal case Rabobank-Ter Haar/OAD: Rabobank not responsible for OAD bankruptcy. In 2013, tour operator and bus company OAD filed for bankruptcy after house bank Rabobank terminated the credit relationship with OAD. The OAD curators started a procedure in 2015…

Young drivers behind the wheel of heavy vehicles are on a dangerous course

Young drivers behind the wheel of heavy vehicles are on a dangerous course

Experts are asking the EU to reconsider driving license changes and the risky plan to potentially allow 16-year-olds behind the wheel of 2,5-ton SUVs. The European Union is about to introduce a controversial change to its driving license regulations, which will...

Young taxi entrepreneurs drive through digital innovation and meet traditions

Young taxi entrepreneurs drive through digital innovation and meet traditions

In terms of business models, young entrepreneurs show a preference for flexible, technology-based strategies. The taxi industry, a sector that has played an essential role in urban transport for decades, is at a crossroads of generations. On one side are…

Fuel prices and bureaucracy drive French farmers into action

Fuel prices and bureaucracy drive French farmers into action

The developments in France highlight growing tensions within Europe's agricultural sector, where farmers are increasingly raising their voices against what they see as unjust economic and regulatory pressures. The French farmers, supported by the largest agricultural union in the country, have…

The pitfalls within reverse logistics when shopping online

The pitfalls within reverse logistics when shopping online

However, dropshipping and the many problems that customers can experience by doing business with these types of entrepreneurs are not new phenomena. In general, returning products is not a climate-friendly solution. Companies that discourage customers from returning products can…

World leaders gather in Davos for economics, politics and technology

World leaders gather in Davos for economics, politics and technology

The WEF summit is facing criticism that it is a gathering of the super-rich that fails to tackle growing global inequality. The 2024 World Economic Forum in Davos, which will take place from January 15 to 19, will…

Pay by card or debit card in the taxi, yes please!

Pay by card or debit card in the taxi, yes please!

Safety and convenience come first now that debit card payments are becoming the new payment standard in taxi transport. The taxi industry is facing a turning point when it comes to payment options. Although cash payment has been the norm for a long time, the focus is increasingly shifting to digital…

Passenger peaks at Eindhoven Airport: a year of unprecedented growth

Passenger peaks at Eindhoven Airport: a year of unprecedented growth

Eindhoven Airport has reached an all-time high in 2023 by welcoming more than 6,8 million passengers, a record that illustrates both the airport's growth and the increasing popularity of its destinations. The year 2023 marked a remarkable milestone…

The planner's day remains a token of appreciation

The planner's day remains a token of appreciation

It is a day on which colleagues, managers and the organizations themselves can show how much they appreciate the efforts of their planners. On Friday, March 1, 2024 we celebrate a special day: the Day of the Planner. This day offers…

Digital shopping carts make world trips: how sustainable is dropshipping?

Digital shopping carts make world trips: how sustainable is dropshipping?

The dark side of dropshipping: sustainability and transparency at stake. Dropshipping, a popular e-commerce strategy, has its drawbacks, especially in terms of sustainability. In the digital age, where online shopping via mobile devices and computers has become an everyday convenience,…

Local transport companies may be a better alternative for service provision

Local transport companies may be a better alternative for service provision

The challenge for policymakers is to find a balance between the benefits of procurement and the retention of valuable local carriers. The taxi sector is at a crucial crossroads. For years, control centers have been in charge, but recent developments show that…

Tax changes for entrepreneurs in 2024 will affect transport

Tax changes for entrepreneurs in 2024 will affect transport

The editors of Pitane Blue hope that everyone can experience a happy and healthy 2024. The new year 2024 starts with a bang in the south of the Netherlands, despite the introduction of fireworks bans in cities such as Eindhoven and Tilburg. The ban,…

On the way to 2024: travel costs and traffic fines under the microscope

On the way to 2024: travel costs and traffic fines under the microscope

Not only is an increase coming, but a new era is also dawning for wage calculation in all sectors. In 2024 there will be some changes to Dutch mobility allowances and traffic fines. The tax-free travel allowance for commuting increases from €0,21 to…

UK aviation sector is taking matters into its own hands with slot reform

UK aviation sector is taking matters into its own hands with slot reform

For decades, the British aviation industry was subject to European regulations that were not in the UK's interests. The UK aviation sector is on the cusp of a major change with the launch of a consultation on system reform…

New customs rules, but what does this mean for exporters?

New customs rules, but what does this mean for exporters?

Exporters are advised to decide in a timely manner whether they will arrange the inspection processes themselves or outsource them to a logistics service provider.


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Events in the taxi industry face challenges

Events in the taxi industry face challenges

Leading companies and organizations were conspicuous by their absence at Taxi Expo. Utrecht recently hosted the annual Taxi Expo, an event that is normally buzzing with activity and innovation in the taxi industry. With just, according to the organization's own writing…

Pitane Mobility is preparing for the future with an Open Core model

Pitane Mobility is preparing for the future with an Open Core model

This initiative aims to make the power of artificial intelligence (AI) more quickly accessible to a broader spectrum of passenger transport. In 2024, Pitane Mobility, an established name in the taxi sector, is on the verge of a significant transformation…

The loss of an industrial icon: Wim van der Leegte

The loss of an industrial icon: Wim van der Leegte

His death leaves a void, but also a rich legacy that will continue to inspire generations of Dutch entrepreneurs. The death of Wim van der Leegte (76), former VDL CEO and major driving force behind the manufacturing industry in Brabant, has also caused a wave online...

Young people are often tipsy before they get on their bike

Young people are often tipsy before they get on their bike

The government and local municipalities are urged to take measures. A worrying trend is emerging in today's nightlife culture: young people 'drinking up' at home before a night out. This practice not only poses health risks, but also…

Taxi Expo '23: the framework for innovation and collaboration in the taxi industry

Taxi Expo '23: the framework for innovation and collaboration in the taxi industry

Important themes, speakers and innovations in the spotlight during the leading event in Utrecht. The Taxi Expo, an event in the Dutch taxi sector, is coming up again today. This annual event in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht is an essential meeting point…

Car Driver Deals Damage Claims Exceed 39 Million

Car Driver Deals Damage Claims Exceed 39 Million

Despite the bankruptcy and growing debt, brothers Jan and Geert Golsteijn, former owners of the company, continue to maintain their innocence. The financial settlement of the bankruptcy of Car Driver Deals is taking serious shape now that the total damage claims…

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MultiTankcard launches OV Reizen app for sustainable business transport

Every leasing company can activate OV Reizen for their customers and riders at will. If that happens, the riders involved can immediately book public transport trips via the app. The largest provider of mobility passes is taking new steps to increase the use of public transport…

VDL Nedcar Born faces a major challenge after BMW's departure

VDL Nedcar Born faces a major challenge after BMW's departure

The Born car manufacturer is preparing for the loss of 2.000 jobs, while committed to future projects and innovation in the mobility sector. It announced job losses at VDL Nedcar, the Dutch independent car manufacturer and part of the VDL…

State Secretary Heijnen and local authorities extend emission-free cooperation

State Secretary Heijnen and local authorities extend emission-free cooperation

Local and national governments, together with the private sector, face the challenge of keeping up with the rapid changes in electric mobility. During the National Sustainable Mobility Conference in Utrecht, various stakeholders signed a renewed cooperation agreement that sets the tone...

If fast charging costs you a fortune, is electric driving really the future?

If fast charging costs you a fortune, is electric driving really the future?

Monopolies and mystical prices, so it's high time for a more transparent electric car market. If you have an electric car, you have to charge the car every now and then. Electric driving is encouraged as the greener, more sustainable option, but exorbitantly high charging rates…

French group Pierre & Vacances is giving the name Vacansoleil a second chance

French group Pierre & Vacances is giving the name Vacansoleil a second chance

The online travel agency of the French group Pierre & Vacances gives Vacansoleil a second chance, but only takes over a fraction of the former staff. In an attempt to revive a legendary name in the Dutch travel industry,…

Uniform minimum hourly wage will replace daily, weekly and monthly wages from 2024

Uniform minimum hourly wage will replace daily, weekly and monthly wages from 2024

The adjustment could also lead to a revaluation of part-time and freelance work, which often fall under different wage structures. On January 1, 2024, major changes will take place in the Dutch labor market when it comes to the structure of…

Mandatory helmets are turning the moped market upside down: mopeds on the rise, mopeds in free fall

Mandatory helmets are turning the moped market upside down: mopeds on the rise, mopeds in free fall

It is striking that owners between the ages of 16 and 17 were the most likely to have their moped converted and re-inspected into a moped. The Dutch moped landscape has changed dramatically in a year, according to new figures from the Central Bureau for…

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