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Do you wish to provide taxi services in the Netherlands? Then your vehicle should be suitable for the transport of people and it should meet several requirements. You must have the vehicle tested.
You must have your taxi tested by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) performs these tests. You can have your commercial car tested individually or just use a European type approval. You need a taxi operator licence to apply for this inspection. RDW will check if the car is suitable and safe for the transport of people. If the vehicle is approved for this purpose by RDW, it will be registered as taxi in the vehicle register. On your vehicle registration card it will be recorded that you may use the car as a taxi and the maximum number of people you are allowed to transport. If you change or modify your taxi, RDW may have to inspect it anew.
Periodic motor vehicle test (APK)
Your vehicle needs to have it's periodic technical inspection annually by an RDW approved garage or testing station. Is your taxi fitted with a passenger lifting device for wheelchair users? This device is not included in this inspection. You must have the lifting device tested by an approved testing station (in Dutch).
Blue number plate
A taxi must display blue number plates (in Dutch). After RDW has inspected your vehicle you must have blue plates fitted on your taxi. If you sell your taxi you will have to replace them with yellow number plates. You must also have your taxi registration removed from the vehicle register. You apply for deregistration of your taxi (in Dutch) to the RDW. Please note: only the registered owner of the vehicle can request deregistration.
Taxis must be fitted with a certified taxameter. The taxameter must be inspected annually by the Netherlands Metrology Institute (Nederlands Meetinstituut, NMi, in Dutch). You do not need a taxameter if you have agreed upon a price beforehand via telephone, an app or a website.
Taxi on-board computer
Each taxi must be fitted with a taxi on-board computer (BCT, in Dutch). The BCT registers automatically the date of each journey, the working hours, the driving times and the rest periods. The driver uses his driver's card for this. Do you own a taxi company with more than 1 taxi? With your operator licence you can access the data in the on-board computers. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) enforces the presence and use of the BCT. You can be fined (pdf) if you violate these rules.