Stint Urban Mobility ‘might’ restart production
Stint Urban Mobility, the Dutch producer of the contested Stint, the electric cart or ‘bolderkar’, is withdrawing its petition in bankruptcy after some ‘encouraging’ remarks from the government.
Director Edwin Renzen still has hope for the future of his company, since Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD), has said in the Second Chamber “that one day there might be a kind of Stint on the public road again”, although it should be absolutely safe for its users, she added.
Costs and unsafe situations
Next week, van Nieuwenhuizen will meet some child care facilitators that were forced to return to public transport because of the forbidden Stint. The sector is complaining about the costs and the unsafe situations now that nurseries have to rely again on taxi buses and public transport.
Last week, Renzen announced his petition in bankruptcy, after van Nieuwenhuizen’s decision on October 1st to ban the electric cart from the road. According to Renzen, there were too many rumours about the danger and unreliability of the cart to go on with production, after a serious accident with it in Oss, in which four children died.
The results of the investigation into the accident are to be expected by the end of this year at the earliest.
The Stint manufacturer is also hopeful because of the appeal of a host family office that wants the Stint on the road again. According to lawyer, Werner van Bentem, the judge has wrongly based his decision on an additional declaration of an Amsterdam nursery, that withdrew its declaration afterwards.
The nursery told the police about an incident with a Stint and later withdrew its declaration when it appeared that the inspection for the environment and transport (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport, ILT) used its declaration for the investigation into the Stint. The nursery couldn’t agree with ILT’s conclusion that the Stint had ‘run wild’ either.