Taxi driver’s card and diploma

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO
Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you want to work as a taxi driver in the Netherlands? You must have a taxi driver’s diploma. You must also have a taxi driver’s card (chauffeurskaart or taxipas). You need the taxi driver’s card for identification and to record your working hours in the taxi on-board computer.

Taxi driver's diploma

In the Netherlands, taxi drivers need a taxi driver's diploma from the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen, CBR, in Dutch). Only then you can apply for the mandatory taxi driver’s card.

There are 2 different taxi driver's diploma's. The type of test you take depends on which specific taxi driver's card you want to apply for (in Dutch):

You apply to the CBR (in Dutch) for your examinations. You need a valid B driver license. CBR offers taxi driver's exams in Dutch only.

If you are a contract driver for special target groups, such as elderly people, children, or people with an impairment, you can take the Taxi Target Group Transport exam (in Dutch). This optional exam shows that you can respond to special situations when transporting special target groups. You need either a full or limited taxi driver’s exam to take this.

Screening and taxi social skills exam

Your behaviour as a taxi driver is continuously screened. To learn which behaviour is appropriate, you can take the optional Taxi Social Skills exam (in Dutch). This demonstrates your extra customer-oriented approach. You can only do this exam if you have completed either a full or limited taxi driver’s exam.

Taxi driver’s card

To work as a taxi driver, you must also have a valid taxi driver’s card in addition to the diploma. To apply for the taxi driver’s card, you will need a taxi driver's diploma and a certificate of conduct (Verklaring omtrent het gedrag, VOG). You can obtain or extend your full or limited taxi driver’s card with Kiwa Register (in Dutch). The card is valid for 5 years.

The taxi driver’s card is used for your identification. It also registers journey data, working hours, driving times, and rest times in the mandatory taxi on-board computer (Boordcomputer taxi, BCT).

Inspection of your taxi driver’s card

You always need to carry your taxi driver’s card and taxi operator licence when transporting paying customers. Your taxi drive's card must be displayed in a manner clearly visible to passengers. You may be fined if you cannot show either when subjected to a traffic check.

If you commit a criminal offence, such as an assault or driving under the influence of alcohol, your taxi drive's card will be withdrawn.

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