The city governments of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht have been given new powers to intervene in the local taxi market in response to problems following liberalisation in 2000. Since this date, the market has been overrun by new drivers, many of whom allegedly deceive their clients, make unnecessarily long trips, battle with each other over clients and frequently speak neither Dutch nor English. The taxi ranks near the Central Station and Leidseplein square are renowned for such troubles. It is not clear what new measures will be taken, or when they will be introduced.
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