The next morning I had to return to Schiphol Airport to pick up my rental car. This time I called the airport taxi service. They send a taxi over and for the first time the taxi driver was a ‘typical Dutch guy’. I told him my experiences of the previous day. He looked at me and said: ‘‘you didn’t know, they call the Amsterdam taxi central the ‘The Amsterdam’s Taliban’.’’ If you read to following article, you will get a glimpse about what’s going on in the Amsterdam taxi world. By the way, Amsterdam has a safe and excellent public transportation system: metro, busses, trams etc.
At about 4.40 a.m. on Sunday, Rob Sitek from Badhoevedorp was probably looking for a cab home when he was knocked to the ground by a taxi driver on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. "It's all we talk about," Khalid Refaei (38), an independent driver who was waiting for customers at Amsterdam's Central Station, said on Monday.
Both the Leidseplein, a famous nightspot, and the Central Station are notorious for taxi drivers refusing short rides, overcharging and intimidating passengers and fighting amongst each other. Amsterdam cab drivers have always had a bad reputation. Guide books warn tourists about the expensive taxis and the incompetent drivers who often don't know their way around the city, and who have no English skills and even speak poor Dutch.