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Dutch Grand Prix 2023

Dutch GP threatened by protest

The first race after the summer break could be threatened by a dispute over access to the circuit from a nearby city.

Fans Zandvoort
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The upcoming Dutch Grand Prix could be interrupted by local taxi drivers, who are threatening to block the roads to the circuit in a dispute over services.

According to Netherlands publication Noord-Hollands Dagblad, only residents and companies located in the municipality of Zandvoort will receive a pass-through certificate during the weekend.

Taxi drivers have been informed by letter they cannot work during the Grand Prix weekend, as they will not be permitted to enter the area. This has caused uproar among drivers as the event expects over 100,000 visitors per-day, many of whom would be able to use these taxi services.

Previously the ban on taxi's was bypassed by pass-through certificates, but this year only a limited number will receive a special 'Taxi-pass' certification. In nearby city Haarlem - located around 10km east of Zandvoort - they will not receive these.

It is reported that 150 taxi drivers will be blocked from being able to get close to Zandvoort over the race weekend.

This has led to the drivers demanding a solution from the municipality of Zandvoort or the Dutch GP organisers, otherwise they will come up with 'extreme measures' such as protests or blocking the access roads to the circuit.

The municipality of Zandvoort responded when asked by RacingNews365 about the matter, while the Dutch GP organisers did not make a comment.

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