One-third of Amsterdam taxi drivers under the influence, of 18 tested

Recent routine police checks found one-third of Amsterdam taxi drivers who were tested to be driving under the influence. 

On Saturday night, police stopped 18 taxi drivers at random for scheduled drug and alcohol checks. Of them, six drivers tested positive for THC, amphetamines and/or other drugs.

The six drivers were arrested and blood was taken for further investigation. It is not clear at this stages whether consequences will be more serious because they drive professionally.


Taxi drivers working under the influence has been an increasing issue in Amsterdam. “During a check in February, one in eight inspected drivers had a positive test result, so now one in three. That is very significant, especially since they are professional drivers,” a spokesperson told NOS.

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Brin Andrews
Brin Andrews
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.


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