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NS wants authority to perform background checks to fight aggression

Rotterdam Central Station Photo: Spoorjan via Wikimedia Commons

NS wants more powers to combat attacks on trains, as incidents involving physical or verbal violence increased by 30% in 2022, train drivers said. Said.

About 965 cases of aggressive behavior by train travelers were reported last year, an increase of more than 200 in 2021. Most of the reports involved threatening behavior or physical attacks against staff. Violent incidents between passengers on trains also increased.

NS says the most aggressive behavior occurs when travelers are asked to respect the rules or show their tickets.

NS, which transports hundreds of thousands of people a day, said the increase was “unacceptable” and added that the NS security They want the government to allow staff to conduct background checks.

An NS spokesperson said the increase in violence was not simply a matter of more travelers post-pandemic. he said. “We are increasingly confronted with people being caught without a ticket and using physical violence.”

Wouter Koolmees, who took over NS’s top job just three months ago, said he was “shocked” by the numbers. “Society is becoming more and more rude and more and more aggressive, not just to our colleagues, but to the police and other services,” he said.


NS has already taken action to combat aggressive travelers. In July, we introduced live streaming on trains on some lines, and this will be extended to all trains in the near future.

Some stations have taken makeshift measures, such as closing entry gates in problematic areas and deploying guards with dogs at stations in Werth, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. In 2020, NS also made it easy to report incidents directly using Whatsapp Alert.

Colemees said the effects of the rail operators’ measures will be assessed next year, but “we need government support.” “As public transport, we cannot tackle this alone,” he said.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2023/02/ns-wants-power-to-carry-out-identity-checks-to-combat-aggression/ NS wants authority to perform background checks to fight aggression

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