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EU Public-Private HLG meeting TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN PRESENTATION

HUBERT ANDELA KNV-TAXI & PRESIDENT, IRU TAXI GROUP

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Taxis for growth, competitiveness and social inclusion

 Not always considered as part of public transport  Undervalued as a potential mobility/travel option  Underrepresented on the political agenda and in urban planning  Mobility potential severely underutilized  Yet, the most flexible public transport option, that can empower the public transport chain to compete successfully with the private car

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Users’ needs Promote cooperation with other modes; Provide easily accessible and secure taxi stops, including shelters and signage; Give the right to stop while serving disabled customers in areas where parking is not allowed; Promote on-demand taxi services.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Legislative and administrative frameworks Recognise and promote taxis as a necessary part of the collective/public transport chain; Recommend the use of bus priority/dedicated lanes; Carry out a study on the impact of access to profession regime for taxis in EU Member States and eventually propose an EU regime; Maintain taxis within the scope of the General Working Time Directive; Secure a mandatory use of safety belts for all taxi occupants; Allow taxis to stop in second lane to pick up passengers. www.busandcoach.travel


TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Fiscal matters and user charging Encourage Member States to apply the low VAT rate to taxis; Exempt taxis from congestion charging in cities; Make taxis eligible to use low-taxed professional diesel.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Infrastructure and intermodality Mobility planning to always include a “taxi strategy”; Facilitate taxi access to terminals of other modes; Provide map locations for taxi ranks.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Information and new technologies Assist (EU studies, projects) to enhancing the role of taxis as the “link and extension” of other public transport modes; Promote the inclusion of taxis in multimodal journey planners.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Safety and environment Promote taxi passenger’s driver safety and security; Ensure the enforcement of strict rules and surveillance to prevent “black taxi services” for the safety of customers.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

City-related aspects  Urban city planning to include a “taxi strategy”;  Consider allowing the use of bus stops as taxi ranks when bus lines are not functioning;  Recommend the use of bus priority/dedicated lanes in cities by taxis.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

International dimension ďƒ˜The European taxi industry will come with a proposal on cross-border taxi traffic framework in the first half of 2013.

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TAXIS AS PART OF THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT CHAIN

Innovation and best practices ďƒ˜Promote best practices and innovative taxi projects of making taxis a genuine part of the public transport chain.

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Taxis as part of the public transport chain  

Presentation by Hubert Andela, KNV-Taxi & President of IRU Taxi Group, on "Taxis as part of the public transport chain".