De Lijn plans to fine anti-social passengers
7 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Flemish transport authority De Lijn is requesting authority from the federal government to impose fines on nuisance passengers.
7 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Flemish transport authority De Lijn is requesting authority from the federal government to impose fines on nuisance passengers.
The request will be made in talks about public safety with the Interior Ministry on Friday following the recent death of train engineer Guido De Moor on an Antwerp bus.
De Lijn already imposes fines of fare dodgers, but the transport authority wants to expand the system and fine passengers for anti-social behaviour.
"We think about things such as putting feet on the seat or eating on a bus or tram. Or things that prevent the driver from doing his work as required," spokesman Tom Van de Vreken said.
De Lijn also wants to discourage anti-social behaviour. "Essentially, we want to raise a new dam against anti-social behaviour and safety problems for our drivers and passengers".
It is not yet known how much the fines will be. However, the system will require the recruitment of more inspectors.
De Lijn will enter into negotiations on Friday about the new safety measures with the Flemish and federal governments and police.
The idea of fines was quickly proposed after a fight on an Antwerp bus that cost the life of train driver De Moor last month.
Interior Minister Patrick Dewael indicated at the time that he was prepared to quickly introduce the new measure.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news