Public transport

  • Significant investment required for public transport

    Rover Travelers Association has been around since 1971 and represents the interests of travelers who use public transport. The objectives of this passenger association include improving the quality of public transport and promoting the growth of public transport. Rover wants more money from the cabinet for public transport. Rover recently asked this in a letter to the informant of the House of Representatives. This letter asks to invest heavily in expanding sustainable mobility. By 2030, public transport must be doubled to prevent a 'public transport infarction'.

    “Public transport has been modernized nationally, regionally and locally over the past decade and has become much more efficient. But investments and operating fees have lagged far behind the social demand for sustainable mobility and good accessibility within and between regions. Solving bottlenecks across the country is a major task. In the coming cabinet term, a scale jump in public transport is necessary to prevent a public transport infarction around 2030. From the perspective of the climate agenda, the housing task, quality of life and road safety, a doubling of public transport before 2030 is crucial and urgent.”

    Freek Bos, director of Rover in a letter to the House of Representatives.

    According to Rover it was agreed in the climate agreement that employers, together with the government, will ensure that 2030 billion fewer car kilometers will be traveled between home and work by 8. Municipalities, provinces, housing associations and project developers also only want to build the 1 million extra homes if there is sustainable access via bicycle infrastructure and public transport. To be able to realize all this before 2030, a substantial investment is needed.

    “Rover is very willing to advise on public transport during the coming cabinet term, at the request of the cabinet, parliament or on its own initiative. Rover is of course happy to explain our ideas in more detail. We wish you every success with the further negotiations on the coalition agreement and the formation of a coalition.”

    Freek Bos, director of Rover in a letter to the House of Representatives.

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Taxi transport

  • FNV, CNV and KNV ask OMT to relax healthcare transport

    Trade unions CNV and FNV and Royal Dutch Transport, Healthcare Transport and Taxi today ask the OMT in a letter to allow relaxation in healthcare transport because the capacity limits have been reached. The social partners want more travelers in a vehicle and the transport protocol must be adapted for this.

    According to the independent platform for passenger transport Magazine Passenger transport, the need is great for all parties. Society is reopening, increasing the demand for healthcare transport. Due to the limitations in the protocol, the demand can no longer be met. This is an undesirable situation because of the social importance of healthcare transport. Healthcare transport is an important link in the healthcare chain.

    The current healthcare transport sector protocol (from the age of 18) drawn up by the social partners is based on the OMT advice from the beginning of this year. This includes, among other things, that not all seats in a vehicle may be used. This is based on the OMT advice on risk groups in healthcare transport, for which extra measures in transport were deemed necessary. Because carriers often do not know (due to privacy rules) whether a passenger belongs to the risk group, it has been decided to take the OMT advice as the basis for the entire healthcare transport and therefore for the sector protocol. The situation is now such that a large part of the people from the risk groups have been vaccinated against the corona virus and that the number of infections has fallen sharply. The situation is therefore fundamentally different from the situation at the beginning of this year, when the OMT advice was issued.  

    The central government has initiated various relaxations in recent weeks. For example, there are more possibilities to travel by public transport. In addition, the central government wants to take even more steps and make it more flexible. However, there is still no prospect of further relaxation in healthcare transport, and due to the seat restriction, this is leading to more and more problems for carriers and travelers. Because society is opening more and more, there is an increase in the demand for transport, for example because care is overtaken and patients come to the hospital by healthcare transport. Daytime transport, for example, is also increasing again. This demand growth is expected to continue.  

    Due to corona, there has now been a major shortage of vehicles and drivers. This, in combination with the lower capacity, leads to an untenable situation. In some parts of the country, it already leads to inability to meet demand at peak times of transport. Travelers in healthcare transport are affected as a result. Furthermore, acceptance among travelers and clients is slowly decreasing, now that many travelers from the risk groups have now been vaccinated.

    The social partners therefore want to adjust the healthcare transport sector protocol as of 15 June in such a way that all seats in a vehicle can be used again. For the rest, the measures remain in force, such as the use of mouth caps by drivers and travelers and a health check before the ride. Unions and entrepreneurs therefore urgently appeal to the OMT to agree that all seats in a vehicle can again be used in healthcare transport. Only in this way can healthcare transporters perform their task within the healthcare chain without any problems and healthcare transport remains accessible to all its users. 

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