Norway’s Supreme Court: Security guards can not hold back passengers on busses

Ruter busPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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According to the Supreme Court, hired security guards do not have the authority to hold back passengers unless they do it in collaboration with employees from the transport company.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court announced that hired security guards must collaborate with the transport company employees if they hold back a passenger. The bus driver does not count, according to Rett 24.

The case was taken to the Supreme Court after a man punched a security guard in the face after being held back by a hired security guard. 

He is now acquitted of violence against a “particularly vulnerable occupational group.” 

Instead, the man is only sentenced to a fine of NOK 5,000 for ordinary bodily harm, as the clash is considered a disproportionate reaction to the unlawful act.

Disproportionate response

“The bodily injury was admittedly a response to an unlawful act and thus fulfilled the law’s conditions for being retaliation to a provocation. 

“A blow with an open hand against the guard’s face was nevertheless, in the opinion of the Court of Appeal, disproportionate against the guards’ use of force,” the judgment states.

“The decision will have great significance for how Ruter and other transport companies organize ticket checks,” defense attorney Aurora Lindeland Geelmuyden noted.

She added that the clarification could also have significance for several verdicts that have already been handed down.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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