The NS expects that no train traffic will be possible between Weert and Roermond until 18.00 p.m. on Sunday.
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, an intercity with 250 passengers on board was derailed between Weert and Haelen. A spokesman for the Limburg fire brigade said that no injuries were reported. Images from local media also show that the train is still upright. The cause of the derailment is still unclear.
According to local media rescuers who were on site at the Schoordijk in Weert saw a rail in a strange place between the rails near the railway crossing. It is suspected that a rail, which was first in the middle between the rails, was placed transversely on the rails by vandals. Although the cause of the derailment is suspected, it has yet to be officially established.
The travelers were taken by a replacement train to Susteren, a town south of Roermond. Buses were waiting there. The NS expects that no train traffic will be possible between Weert and Roermond until 18.00 p.m. on Sunday due to the derailed train and will run according to an adjusted timetable.
As a taxi customer today you are a negotiator in a free market.
It continues to be careful with the prices of taxi companies. The inspector investigated the establishment of the rates and found that a ride from Drongen to Antwerp is almost twice as expensive as a ride from Antwerp to Drongen. This requires more explanation for the consumer, especially when the price of the outward journey is EUR 220 and the return is only EUR 95. The free market principle does ensure that you as a customer pay more at some times than in the past.
Chairman of Pierre Steenberghen of the National Grouping for Taxi Companies knows that this is mainly a result of liberalization within the taxi sector and inspector Sven Pichal of the morning program on Radio 2 said in a statement that this is the result of taxi companies that now apply their own rates. . So it is a matter of supply and demand.
“If the prices are not posted in the vehicle, the taxi company must announce the price in advance via an app or SMS”
About half of the taxi companies have already switched to the new rules. Once a taxi company has entered the new system, it is free to determine the rates itself. However, the customer must be informed prior to the ride. It used to be clear: whether you called taxi company A or B in a city, you paid the same amount for a ride. But since the taxi reform of 2020, there are no more certainties.
The main cause of the divergent fares lies with the taxi reform of 2020.”The legislation stipulates that street taxis no longer have to use fixed rates”, says Steenberghen. “From now on, each taxi can set its own price, according to the principles of the free market. Because price agreements are not allowed, you will get differences."
All old permits will have expired by the end of 2024 at the latest. Drivers who drive according to the new rules are closely monitored by the government. The Government of Flanders, for example, knows via the Chiron system where and the taxi is at any time, whether a customer is on board and how much he is paying. “The system is even whiter than the white cash register”, says Steenberghen. As a taxi customer today you are a negotiator in a free market.