Do you want to provide public transport services in the Netherlands? You will need permission from the government. You apply for a public transport concession to the provincial authorities or the Ministry of Infrastructure. You can only be granted a concession for public transport after a European tendering procedure.
How to obtain a concession?
A concession grants a transport operator permission to offer public transport for specific routes or areas. The concession remains valid for a specified period. The provincial authorities or the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management grant such concessions after a tendering procedure.
Concessions for public transport on the main railway network are granted by the Ministry of Infrastructure, as trains make use of the national rail network. Concessions for trams, buses and other means of transport are granted by the provincial authorities.
Online application procedure via Message Box
At the province of Noord-Brabant you can apply for a public transport concession also via Message Box. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.