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‘Travellers overcharged’

15 December 2007 - Public transport travellers using the experimental chip card (OV-chipkaart) are regularly overcharged, said GroenLinks council member Barn Geurts. The party has launched a website where travellers can report their complaints.

The chip card will be introduced nationally on 1 January 2009 and is now being tested in Rotterdam and on the Amsterdam metro. GroenLinks says it collected thousands of complaints in Rotterdam. It plans to publish a paper documenting complaints from Amsterdam about the chip card.

In November, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) told Trouw that it was breaking off discussions with Dutch Railways (NS). The DPA said it will take legal measures if the NS abuses the detailed personal information it gathers through the chip card.

An NS spokesperson denied that the NS is abusing travel information. “If someone regularly buys single or return tickets for the same trajectory, we will inform him that a zoned travel pass or an off-peak discount pass is much cheaper. That is not marketing, that is offering discounts”.

Travellers using the chip card in the Amsterdam region will be paying 70 cents per trip plus 10 cents per kilometer. On average, they will be paying the same price as with the current strippenkaart. Amsterdam is relatively cheap: Rotterdam charges 11 cents per kilometer, The Hague 13 cents and Utrecht 12 cents.

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