Most MPs back taxi plan

Most political parties have given their backing to plans to clean up the taxi market announced by junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga on Thursday.

‘It includes all the points of improvement. I don’t think I could ask for much more,’ Labour (PvdA) MP Lia Roefs said. Christian Democrat MPs called for the plan to be implemented as soon as possible.
Huizinga’s plans include a shake-up of the fee structure and giving local councils greater powers to make drivers join a formal taxi alliance.
But opposition Liberal (VVD) MPs said the plans are too weak and do not go far enough. MP Charlie Aptroot is particularly concerned that drivers who are in paid employment do not have to have good road knowledge and that there is no method to weed out cabbies with criminal convictions.
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