Zuid-Holland public transport card switch delayed

Paper tickets will not yet be phased out on buses and trams in Zuid-Holland province because of concerns about the replacement smart card’s vulnerability to fraud.

The province had been due to make the switch to the smart card – ov-chipkaart – on February 3.
Earlier this week it emerged that it is relatively easy to manipulate the amount of digital cash stored on the new card.
During a debate on Thursday night, MPs gave the transport ministry a month to bring out a new report into the problems with the card.
Manageable risk
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen said during the debate that the fraud risk is ‘manageable’ and that it is not necessary to stop the changeover process.
And by the end of the year, a new, safer chip will have been developed to make it more difficult to hack the cards, she said.
Rotterdam and Amsterdam metropolitan regions have already phased out paper tickets.

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