Dutch parliament debates electronic travel card fraud
The Dutch parliament is holding an emergency debate on Thursday afternoon on electronic travel card fraud on public transport.
Reports in the media earlier this week revealed that fraudulent use of the anonymous version of the electronic payment card OV chip card is relatively easy. Using a special reader and a computer programme, travellers can increase the amount given on their card without actually transferring money to it.
In response to the allegations, Trans Link Systems, the company that designed the card, said this was nothing new and all cases were reported to the police.
However, an IT journalist showed that it is even possible to surpass the station's scanners making it impossible to detect the fraud.
MPs want an explanation from Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen. They also have reservations about the planned introduction of the so-called OV chip cards in the Province of South Holland on 3 February. This is the date the old paper ticket system is due to be scrapped.
Public transport operators Connexxion and HTM say they intend to go ahead with the introduction and will not accept paper tickets.
Electronic travel passes have already been introduced elsewhere in the Netherlands.
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