A large majority in the Second Chamber want to see the end of the public transport OV-chip card as soon as possible.
Research by Trouw shows that safety on public transport has become safer after the introduction of the OV chip card in 2009, Het Parool 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.
Train stations in The Netherlands will start keeping entry gates closed at busy stations in phases. The first phase will begin in August for Woerden, Rotterdam Alexander, Almere center and Enschede, which are the cities in which the testing for ov-chip cards to replace train tickets has been successful.
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.
Police and courtroom officials regularly use data collected from public transportation cards and an organization monitoring street parking, according to De Telegraaf. The newspaper's investigation into investigation practices found that Translink Systems, the company which runs the OV-chipkaart transit cards, releases confidential customer data several times per week.
Public transport providers and consumer organizations have signed a preliminary agreement on the handling of complaints about the OV-chip card. No later than February 1, carriers will no longer refer customers with complaints to other carriers or chip organization TLS, but they will solve the problem themselves.
Travelling by bus and tram has become more expensive in almost the whole country, since the introduction of the OV-chip card. According to a study published on Monday at treinreiziger.nl, the rates of regional transportation around The Hague has increased the most in the past two years.
In The Hague and surrounding areas the went up, in two years time, by more than 47 percent. In Amsterdam there was an increase of about 38 percent and in the rest of Noord Holland the rates for bus and tram rose by over 27 percent.
Travelers will be able to use their OV-chip card to pay in the different shops on all NS-stations later this year. Instead of the 10 to 15 seconds needed for payments with a bankcard, settling bills with the OV-chip will only take 1 to 2 seconds.