Dutch parliament debates travel card fraud

27th January 2011, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch parliament is holding an emergency debate on Thursday afternoon to discuss fraud involving public transport chip cards.

Reports in the media earlier this week revealed that fraudulent use of the anonymous version of the swipe card. A special reader and a computer programme can be used to increase the amount of credit on the card without actually transferring any money.

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 also possible to bypass the card 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 public transport chip card 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.

The chip card is already the only valid form of ticket on public transport in several other parts of the Netherlands.

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