Travel ban sought in assault case

18th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam's public transport authority (GVB) wants a teenager to be banned from using its bus, metro and tram services.

18 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam's public transport authority (GVB) wants a teenager to be banned from using its bus, metro and tram services.

The 17-year-old youth is to appear before the Children's Court next Tuesday. He is accused of inflicting a serious eye injury on a bus driver during an assault in May. It is uncertain if the victim will ever return to work.

The GVB has written a letter to the public prosecutor's office (OM) to ask that a public transport ban be included in the sentencing demand.

A spokesperson for the OM said on Thursday that no decision has been taken yet on the GVB's request.

While notorious fare-dodgers have been banned from using Amsterdam's public transport system in the past, the GVB has never before sought this penalty for people who assault its personnel. The transport company does not have the power itself to impose bans.  

"But this incident had serious consequences for the driver and has caused great unrest among our personnel," A GVB spokesperson said. The travel ban should last for a "long time".

"We don't want such a passenger as a client anymore and we want to prevent a repetition [of the assault]," the spokesperson said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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