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Dutch Grand Prix 2023

Dutch GP protest disruption looks more certain

The possibility of a disruption has increased after a dispute with local taxi drivers has yet to be resolved.

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A protest for the Dutch Grand Prix looks more certain as tensions grow between race organisers, local authorities, and taxi drivers over access to the track.

The dispute has arose after around 150 taxi drivers in the Haarlem region were told they would not be able to access the area around the circuit over the race weekend without a special permit.

Over 100,000 fans are expected to hit the circuit each day over the course of the weekend, which would leave many taxi drivers unable to pick up fares.

A spokesperson for the municipality of Zandvoort told RacingNews365 they would not issue any new permits due to them being obtained illegally in the past.

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports drivers have become more frustrated after they found out other drivers outside of Zandvoort have managed to obtain permits. The municipality of Zandvoort explained that a number of taxis have parking permits within the area, which made them eligible for the proper access permit.

Taxi drivers are unhappy with this and it increases the chance of protest action, which is most likely to take place on Saturday and Sunday. A resolution is reportedly trying to be reached, which could take until as late as Friday.

F1 2023 Dutch Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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