Starting June 1, 2009, taxi drivers affiliated with Amsterdam taxi service TCA will no longer be able to transport passengers from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. For the next five years, that right goes to the taxi services of public transport provider Connexxion, and the cab companies ZCN Totaalvervoer (based in Rotterdam) and Willemsen de Koning (based in Arnhem).
TCA drivers are livid, and TCA — which has provided Schiphol’s taxi services for the past 30 years — is going to court to fight the decision.
TCA director Bas Vos claims the decision is payback for the controversial management style of the company’s former directors. In 2006 then TCA director Dick Grijpink was forced to leave the company. Grijpink and two of his colleagues were charged with running a criminal organization, fraud and encouraging violence. The case was closed for lack of evidence.
Schiphol, however, says it simply followed European Procurement procedures, and that TCA lost on points.
Vos says the loss of the concession is a heavy blow for TCA. Two hundred drivers, a sixth of TCA’s fleet, work from Schiphol. From June 1, they’ll have to join the already crowded taxi market in Amsterdam while, claims Vos, “soon a driver from farawayistan has to transport tourists to hotels in Amsterdam.”
Under the present situation taxis of Willemsen de Koning and public transport service Connexxion have already been providing services at Schiphol. Newcomer ZNC Totaalvervoer is replacing TCA.
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