Clients of NS monthly subscription services who forget their personal travel card at home, and are forced to buy a ticket will no longer be refunded that money, De Telegraaf reports.
In Amsterdam, over-65's with low income have been able to use public transport for free since last year. This experiment has proved successful, as the municipality announces that of the 14,000 people who requested a card, 85 percent make use of it daily or weekly, the NOS reports.
A data leak which exposed personal details such as names, addresses and bank account numbers of national public transportation card users has since been fixed, the card's management team said. The problems were first reported over the weekend, and they were patched up on Tuesday, a spokesman for Trans Link Systems told De Telegraaf.
Personal details such as name, address and account number of OV-chip card users who have an account on ov-chipkaart.nl, are sometimes visible online to other users. These details can also be changed, the NRC reports.
Wednesday marked the end of paper tickets on trains in the Netherlands, and so far there have been few problems, the NS said. Instead of buying single-use paper tickets, train passengers can instead buy single-use OV chip cards, though they are not sold in every machine at train stations.
A quarter of all complaints about public transport in The Netherlands in the last three months have been about the change from paper tickets to the OV-Chipcards. The fact that paper train tickets are going to be entirely discontinued is a woe to many public transport users, the Metro reports.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment has been asked to clarify the millions of euros that transport companies seem to have made out of travelers who forget to check out with their OV chip cards. GroenLinks has asked Mansveld to detail in writing the figures from a research bureau, who reported €23 million in gains for the companies.
Forgetful travelers seem to fail to check out with their OV chip cards on trains, trams and buses. So much so that companies such as the NS, Arriva and Connexxion are making €22.9 million on travelers' neglect. This was calculated by independent research bureau Panteia, the Telegraaf reports.