New rules likely for travel in Europe

Rail, bus, ferry tickets to be bought 12 hours ahead
People travelling internationally in Europe by rail, bus and ferry may soon be forced to buy tickets more than 12 hours in advance in a new security crackdown.
The plan is already being taken seriously in Belgium, which could introduce new rules requiring travellers to identify themselves before buying a ticket. An airport-style boarding system may be introduced for all rail, bus and ferry travel going in and out of the country.
The scheme is in response to recent terrorist attacks across Europe and could be adopted by other countries if it proves to be effective.
“Ideally, we would like to be able to say, from a security perspective, that tickets can’t be sold for less than 12 hours before departure,” said Jan Jambon, spokesman for the Belgian interior minister.
“We need to have a database of all passengers that authorities can check before departure, and a system for identifying passengers before boarding bus, planes or ships.”
Travel companies failing to comply face fines of up to €50,000, a prospect that has caused many of them to complain to the authorities.
The Sunday Times / TTG Digital


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