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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 inspected by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) before you start using it to provide taxi services. You can request an inspection free of charge (in Dutch). You need to provide the following documents:
- the original vehicle registration card.
- an extract from the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce’s Commercial Register (Handelsregister, in Dutch) showing the owner of the vehicle is registered as a taxi business.
- your taxi operator licence (ondernemingsvergunning).
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 a taxi in the vehicle register. Your vehicle registration card will show 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 a periodic technical inspection (APK) 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 LPK testing station.
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 (in Dutch). The taxameter must be inspected annually by the Netherlands Metrology Institute (Nederlands Meetinstituut, NMi, in Dutch). You do not need a taxameter if you agree 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). Only a BTC with RDW type-approval is valid. The BCT automatically registers the date of each journey, the working hours, the driving times and the rest periods. The driver uses his driver's card for this. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) enforces the presence and use of the BCT. You can be fined if you violate these rules.
Do you own a taxi company with more than 1 taxi? With your taxi operator licence you can access the data from all on-board computers.