Minister survives no-confidence vote

Junior transport minister Tineke Huizinga survived a parliamentary motion of no confidence on Wednesday evening for her handling of the problems surrounding the new public transport smart card.

As well as the coalition parties, Huizinga won the support of the Liberal democratic party D66 and fundamentalist Christian party SGP. The pro-animal PvdD and Rita Verdonk did not attend the debate. Sixty-two of the 150 MPs voted against the minister
The launch of the transport card (ov-chipkaart), which will replace paper tickets on buses, trams and trains, is set to be delayed beyond January 2009 because of serious problems with its microchip security. This means it would be easy to copy.

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