OV card to continue despite objections
Consumer organisations withdraw from discussion while the Dutch government goes ahead with plans to introduce the transport chip card.23 September 2008
AMSTERDAM -- Several Dutch consumer organisations withdrew from discussions with the government about the public transport chip card (OV chipkaart). They include the Royal Dutch Touring Club automobile association, the Consumer Association, the LSVb student organisation and the Rover travellers' organisation.
The organisations say they are dissatisfied because their concerns were not addressed even after four years of talks. In particular, they're concerned about the card's price, the lack of privacy protection, and potential problems when it comes into general use.
They want Deputy Transport Secretary Tineke Huizinga to postpone the card's introduction. They believe the card will offer few, if any, advantages to travellers and that further talks are worthless.
The withdrawal from talks is just the latest in a string of setbacks for the introduction of the card. In January 2008, hackers at a computer congress in Berlin revealed that they broke its security. In April 2008, students at Nijmegen's Radboud University announced they hacked through all its security codes.
Despite these objections, Dutch Deputy Traffic Minister Tineke Huizinga says she will not postpone introduction of the OV chipkaart.
The deputy minister does not want to extend the use of the national bus and tram card, as promoted by the consumer organisations. She says the chip card must be introduced as quickly as possible since fighting fare evasion should be the highest priority.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]