Bus companies Arriva, Veolia and Connexxion have pulled out of the public transport umbrella organisation Mobis, arguing that private transport firms have different interests to state-owned companies.
The companies say the government’s decision not to force the big cities to put their tram and bus services out to tender means there will not be a single Dutch public transport market.
The three bus firms, all of which are owned by foreign companies, were interested in competing for the lucrative city contracts.
Last week four foreign energy firms broke off from the power sector’s lobby group EnergieNed to set up their own organisation.
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