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Public transport concession

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Do you want to provide public transport services in a certain area in the Netherlands? You will need a public transport concession from the government. You apply for a public transport concession to the province.

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at your municipality, province, or water authority

What is a concession?

A concession grants a transport operator government permission to offer public transport for specific routes or areas. The concession remains valid for a specified period.

Applying for a concession

Concessions for trams, buses, and other means of transport are granted by the provincial authorities. 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. The authorities grant such concessions after a tendering procedure. You register for the tender, and then the provincial authority chooses which company will get the concession.

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.

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