The sector is confronted with the validity of the safety certificates of all BCT cards, because, as has been known for a long time, the validity expires on 20 March 2020. In addition, the validity of the driver card and the entrepreneur card expires on March 20, 2020.
A digital certificate from PKI government guarantees the reliability of information exchange via usb or internet on the basis of Dutch legislation. Digital certificates are an indispensable link in secure internet traffic. It is proof of identity of an on-board computer or IT system, but has a limited lifespan.
Replacing system cards is an expensive operation.
The Ministry has not yet issued a guarantee about the validity of those cards and who will pay for the costs if they have to be replaced before 20 March 2020. The sector believes that they should not bear these costs.
As said, the costs for replacing the system cards (chips) are high. According to the KNV, a conservative estimate comes out at € 7.7 million, excluding the costs of the manufacturers. Manufacturers themselves have informed KNV that they will pass on their costs to the taxi companies, so that the total amount will be well in excess of € 10 million.
What are PKI government certificates?
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) for the government, in short PKIoverheid, enables reliable digital communication within and with the Dutch government. PKIoverheid is a very high-quality and secure infrastructure based on digital certificates.
PKIoverheid certificates are digital certificates that must meet the requirements of the government, for example with regard to the issuing process and the connection to a root certificate (certificate hierarchy). They are the standard for securing electronic (government) services.
Both the government and companies can use PKIoverheid certificates. Professional certificates are only intended for professionals with a so-called Recognized Profession.
Since March 2018, the validity period of PKIoverheid server certificates has been maximized to two years. All other types of PKIoverheid certificates continue to have the same validity, such as 5 years for personal certificates.