News of: Thursday, May 14 2009,

New measures announced to solve problems with taxis at Amsterdam Central Station

The City of Amsterdam has announced tough measures to deal with the continuing problems with taxi drivers at the taxi stand at the Central Station.

The most important problems at the taxi stand are:
- refusal of short rides
- overcharging
- aggressive and rude behaviour

It is not the first time the city has tried to do something about the problem, but previous measures have proven insufficiently effective.

The city has now announced that there will be more (permanent) supervisors to see to it that taxi drivers stick to the rules. Taxi drivers can loose their permit to use the taxi stand at Central Station for up to a year, if they don't live up to the rules.
From 4pm to 2am there will be hosts/hostesses at the taxi rank to guide the clients to the taxis (it is unclear why there are no hosts between 2am and 4pm).
There will also be 'mystery guests' throughout the city, to see to it that taxi drivers obey the rules.

The new measures will take effect on June 1.