Amsterdam taxi drivers in 300 formal incidents

Amsterdam police have dealt with at least 300 incidents involving taxi drivers over the past two years, the city’s mayor Job Cohen told councillors on Friday.

At least 63 cases involved violence and threats, Cohen was quoted as saying.
The city’s taxi sector is coming under increasing pressure to clean up and the council has pledged to bring in new rules for taxi drivers after growing complaints about intimidation, high fares and a refusal to take passengers on short journeys.
Matters came to a head in July when a 44-year-old man died after an argument with a taxi driver on the city’s Leidseplein.
The taxi sector was liberalised in 2000 which led to an explosion in the number of unlicenced cabs.

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