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Positivity can make the taxi sector more attractive

Positivity can make the taxi sector more attractive

Trade associations must adapt to changing circumstances and continue to innovate. There are several changes that are necessary to make the taxi sector more attractive to consumers and perhaps it starts not far from the home business. The concept of positivity can…

How transport poverty becomes tangible in Jorwerd

How transport poverty becomes tangible in Jorwerd

After all, driving around with a practically empty bus is not efficient from the point of view of prosperity, well-being and sustainability. In an opinion piece in BN De Stem, attention is paid to the rapid disappearance of bus lines in villages and outlying areas. According to Paul van de Coevering, lecturer…

Political choices lead to more transport poverty

Political choices lead to more transport poverty

Transport poverty is often intertwined with other forms of poverty, such as income poverty and housing poverty. Although overused, the word “transport poverty” is not hype and refers to a serious problem that can affect people in different ways.…

No money to pay a fine, “an expensive ticket”

No money to pay a fine, “an expensive ticket”

The transport company should have listened better to the story about Soumaya. Soumaya has to go to the hospital for an appointment with her doctor. For this she takes the train. She does not have a public transport card and tries to buy a ticket with her bank card in the machine…

The sadness of students, parents and drivers

The sadness of students, parents and drivers

It now has full attention, but solutions are emergency connections. “That pointing at each other is maddening,” Wiersma explained his frustration. How could a sector have fallen so far into the abyss? It has to be electric, it…

More competition on domestic lines for NS

More competition on domestic lines for NS

Brussels demands that the cabinet also consider other transport companies. Today, the permanent Parliament Committee on Infrastructure is considering a new rail concession for NS, the Hoofdrailnet. The European Commission accuses the government of violating European rules. The Netherlands wants it…

Student transport too early, too late or not showing up!

Student transport too early, too late or not showing up!

Student transport in Rotterdam is vulnerable. More and more people are affected by the failure of student transport. Of course, first of all the children and the parents, but also the teachers suffer from the problems with student transport. The rain of complaints led to the start…

Companies opt for hybrid working and sustainable travel

Companies opt for hybrid working and sustainable travel

Because of their size, these companies are often quite advanced in implementing hybrid working methods and more environmentally conscious travel. How are large Dutch companies faring that have fundamentally opted for hybrid working and sustainable travel? With that question Hugo goes…

Schiphol boss Dick Benschop let it end in chaos

Schiphol boss Dick Benschop let it end in chaos

Outsourcing work may have gone too far in the Netherlands. No one can ignore the fact that something is really wrong at Schiphol. Schiphol boss Dick Benschop had already been warned in October last year that there are far too few employees…

Uncertainty for passengers with complex wheelchairs

Uncertainty for passengers with complex wheelchairs

ElkeIn, the umbrella organization of people with a physical disability, mental disability or chronic illness, draws attention to the new Code for Safe Transport Wheelchairs in its recent newsletter: “The Code for Safe Transport Wheelchairs no longer states that only chairs with a…

Electric driving, a matter of good planning or you stand still

Electric driving, a matter of good planning or you stand still

Electric driving is a completely different experience. Done with sporty driving, keep your eyes closed for everyone who overtakes you on the left on the highway, and above all plan well and keep an eye on the range. But in the city center you have…

Taxi industry prone to crime

Taxi industry prone to crime

Amsterdam is the largest taxi market in the country. The taxi industry is a vulnerable industry, prone to crime and interesting for criminals. The approach of the taxi industry is currently lagging behind the seriousness and complexity of the problem.…

Ethnic profiling based on license plate during inspection

Ethnic profiling based on license plate during inspection

You have probably seen the Marechaussees at Eindhoven Airport. The Marechaussee monitors the external borders, maintains public order, intervenes in emergencies and issues emergency documents. In addition, they often occur in the immediate vicinity of…

Ronald McDonald House, when mobility is not possible

Ronald McDonald House, when mobility is not possible

Sick children feel better with their parents, brothers and sisters nearby. Parents are better able to maintain care with a resting place close to their sick child. Mobility may be well organized, if your whole world is…

No Black Friday but Fair Friday for TUI

No Black Friday but Fair Friday for TUI

According to Petra Kok, spokeswoman for TUI Netherlands, not participating in this sales day is commercial masochism and clumsy to say the least. On Friday 26 November it's that time again, a day of stunt prices and crazy discounts. Companies do everything…

Popularity of shared car turns out to be a castle in the air

Popularity of shared car turns out to be a castle in the air

Shared cars would lead to less car ownership, but nothing could be further from the truth, reports the AD. They are hardly used. Nearly a million people have registered for a shared car service, but 80 percent never use such a shared car. Research by knowledge platform…

After chat bus now also the chat box

After chat bus now also the chat box

Taxi companies also have a social task. A good example was the chat bus of A-Tax de Vries Passenger Transport, which in the middle of the corona crisis was a godsend for many elderly people who could still speak to their loved ones in this way. As a mobile meeting place…

GP Zandvoort cannot be reconciled with climate plans

GP Zandvoort cannot be reconciled with climate plans

No less than 56 percent of all Dutch people think the Grand Prix of Zandvoort does not fit within the current climate policy. This has emerged from research by Acties.nl among 1.059 adult Dutch people, conducted by PanelWizard. Almost three-quarters of all respondents therefore state that the…

A 'new' crisis threatens the labor market

A 'new' crisis threatens the labor market

Trains that do not run according to the timetable or still cancel at the last minute and planes that depart from Schiphol without suitcases. There are no exceptions in recent weeks where a lack of staff is often used as a weak excuse…

Cancelled: difficult position for the Pukkelpop organization

Cancelled: difficult position for the Pukkelpop organization

If one thing is certain with COVID-19, it is uncertainty. And this doesn't really help with the organization of a festival like Pukkelpop. Ultimately, as an organization you have to make the decision to organize the preparation of your event…

Parcel service often the scare of the street

Parcel service often the scare of the street

You may have also noticed that most parcel delivery vans are covered in damage from front to back. Most drivers' driving skills are not a sign for the company and their van is proof of that. Remarkable…

There is no shortage of patio chairs in Scheveningen

There is no shortage of patio chairs in Scheveningen

For the first time in two years there was a red carpet in front of the Circustheater in Scheveningen. A new version of the classic The Sound of Music had its Dutch premiere in the theater in The Hague. A bright spot because it's sad...

Rail system not designed for exceptional winter weather

Rail system not designed for exceptional winter weather

The Dutch rail network cannot cope with the exceptional winter conditions on 7 February and the following days. This is the conclusion of ProRail and NS in a joint winter evaluation. Travelers suffered greatly from limited travel options, longer travel times and sometimes full trains. Also…

Fine of EUR 102 million for abuse of a dominant position

Fine of EUR 102 million for abuse of a dominant position

The refusal of an app on the Google Play platform has cost the American company Google dearly in Italy. An app developed by Italian energy giant Enel that can find charging stations for electric cars was rejected…

Elaboration of delivery van is crucial for new car taxation

Elaboration of delivery van is crucial for new car taxation

It is positive that various mobility parties advocate a system of payment according to use for everyone, but the business community should not pay for the greening of passenger traffic, emphasizes Paul Poppink of Transport and Logistics Netherlands. A number of mobility and environmental parties have published…

Sector asks artists to participate pro bono

Sector asks artists to participate pro bono

The sector itself has taken the initiative to organize events and approached the artists and suppliers to participate pro bono in the field labs. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the event itself. Minister of Education,…

First evaluation promising for the City of Brussels 30

First evaluation promising for the City of Brussels 30

On January 1, 2021, 30 km/h became the general rule on the streets of the capital, except on some major roads. A few weeks after this radical change, Brussels Mobility makes a first assessment of average speeds and travel times.…

Ice rink and Miniland in Scheveningen very welcome

Ice rink and Miniland in Scheveningen very welcome

Until January 17, 2021 you can skate on an indoor ice rink on Kurhausplein of no less than 600 square meters. Very welcome for the young people, but still strange when you consider that winter fairs are taboo and not corona-proof and Christmas markets are certainly not…

Car lighting during the day can lead to fewer accidents

Car lighting during the day can lead to fewer accidents

SWOV indicates that the mandatory use of car lights during the day can lead to fewer accidents and thus a positive effect on road safety, but it is unclear how large this effect is. A possible adverse effect is that the continuous operation of vehicle lighting causes…

By no means a national network of hydrogen filling stations

By no means a national network of hydrogen filling stations

We can conclude that there is still a long way to go before there is a nationwide network for hydrogen infrastructure. This obviously stands in the way of the roll-out of hydrogen vehicles. Members of the House of Representatives also note that it is time for answers to some questions.…

Joe Biden wins US presidential election

Joe Biden wins US presidential election

Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election. Kamala Harris is the first woman elected Vice President of the United States. Over the course of Saturday morning in America, it became clear that Biden's lead in the last states where…

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