A sudden drop in income has direct consequences for solvency and therefore for the continuity of the carriers in the future. This creates the danger of bankruptcies, which jeopardizes the continuation of transport (after the lifting of the corona approach). The Association of Dutch Municipalities has guidelines prepared to accommodate carriers.
Due to the corona virus and the measures taken by the government to limit the spread of the virus, the use of target group transport has fallen sharply since March 2020. As a result, carriers have virtually no income from transportation, while the fixed costs of the companies continue. These costs are approximately 80% of the total costs. This is based on calculations recently performed by Panteia at the request of taxi industry KNV.
agreements are made about compensation
Journeys are still being made (such as urgent journeys by, for example, children and the elderly). When carrying out these journeys, it is important that the established protocols for taxi and healthcare transport are followed. The journeys made are reimbursed according to the agreements in the contracts. For canceled journeys, the line of VWS, OCW and the VNG is to continue to finance 2020% in the period from March 2020 to May 80.
The VNG and the ministries have agreed on the lines that the lost journeys also include lost passenger revenues associated with transport. These revenues are factored into many contracts and form part of the total exploitation of the contract for the relevant carrier. Moreover, the reimbursement of these revenues to the carriers is analogous to the waiver of the personal contribution for users of target group transport.
What type of transport does the measure apply to jams that have failed?
This applies to all demand-dependent transport with the flows CVV / Regiotaxi (safety net function OV), Wmo demand-dependent transport and all route-bound transport with flows such as student transport, Participation Act transport, Wmo day use and Youth Act (treatment / day use).
The NOW is intended for commercial activities that are not funded with public money. This is not the case with target group transport, it was already financed with public money. Some transport companies will perform both commercial and public tasks. Naturally, no cumulation takes place. Transport companies must make a clear distinction when applying.