By October 2016 all taxis in the Brussels Capital Region should be fitted with the most advanced taxi meter. No longer will the drivers have to record their rest and driving times with pen and paper, local government gets more data and customers get more information about price and distance. More importantly: the Region will cover the cost of these new digital meters for which the Region forks out € 3,2 million. So far only 40 of the 1270 Brussels taxis are fitted with a digital meter.
Brussels Mobility minister Pascal Smet insists on maximum transparency for the taxi sector. The new meters should enable card payments and use with smartphones. For Smet this is a first step “in making the Brussels taxi sector more dynamic and customer friendly. At the moment I’m working on a Taxi Plan, which I will present to the government in due course. With this plan we are moving towards a better taxi service in Brussels.”
The meter should not only simplify the work of the taxi driver. As its data will be stored on an “external server” local government will also get a wealth of information about the local taxi activities and about local traffic.
• Minister Smet promises free digital taxi meters for Brussels cabs.