Ruter estimates that it will lose up to NOK 13 million this year after the Supreme Court ruled that hired security guards can not hold back people who avoid paying for transport tickets.
Twice in the last six months, people have been convicted of violence but acquitted of violence against a particularly vulnerable occupational group after attacking security guards who tried to keep them in check at public transport, according to Rett24.
The rulings in the Court of Appeal followed a Supreme Court ruling from last year where they concluded that hired security guards could only hold passengers back by force if this is done in collaboration with employees from the transport company.
Few or none of the transport companies in Norway currently have their own employed ticket inspectors.
Ruter has changed its routines after the verdicts but hopes for a change in the law. A letter to the ministry states that Ruter, the transport company in Oslo, estimates the loss of more than NOK 12-13 million this year.
The company says that information is being shared in groups on Facebook that the guards are no longer allowed to hold back freeloaders and that the company is “very worried about how the situation will develop as more and more people become aware of this.”
“In summary, it is very critical for the industry, which already has major challenges in securing its ticket revenues following restrictions as a result of the pandemic,” the letter to the ministry states.
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