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Rail passenger rights to be strengthened

Discussion in 'Personal' started by sparkleghirl, Nov 22, 2018.

  1. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Increased compensation for severely delayed or cancelled trains, obliging train companies to sell 'through tickets' for combined journeys (to prevent railway companies from selling separate tickets for different stages of the journey which allows them to bypass existing obligations relating to compensation, rerouting and assistance). Rail companies will not be allowed to claim exemption from paying out compensation by alleging 'extraordinary circumstances' - rail companies had pressed for this exemption.

    The EU parliament voted for this last week.

    Rail operators in the UK might be hoping brexit will save them from such ludicrous ideas.

    chelsea2 and monicabilongame like this.
  2. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    On the ither hand it enables nationalisation
  3. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    So tell us about DB and SNCF and RENFE
  4. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    The whole initiative was raised by another organisation the BEUC, a pan european consumer's organisation that has representation from 32 states. It works closely with EU and national lawmakers but the EUs own regulatory advisor on consumer law is the ANEC http://www.anec.eu/
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I doubt that they are particularly bothered. Only 5 of the 28 EU member states fully apply even the existing rules (Belgium, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia).
  6. Photo51

    Photo51 Established commenter

    They were created before 1993 . The EU policy oñ rail is to greater liberalisation and competition. See Rail Directives
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    The airlines need tackled as well.
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  8. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    You miss the point. They run railways in UK.

    Actually, I don't think RENFE do, but the Dutch railway does.

    Profits are taken from UK passengers to the nationalised railways of Europe.

    I don't blame the EU. I blame the British government.
    sparkleghirl likes this.
  9. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    I have a feeling that the rights we have as airline passengers from from EU law as well.

    Slightly off on a tangent, when Ryanair staff in Spain went on strike earlier this year causing massive disruption, Ryanair decided not to pay the compensations because the fine they'd get for not doing so would be less money. So while compensation might need to be increased, penalties for not paying out need to keep pace.
  10. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Companies do not pay compensation - only the consumer through higher fares.
  11. burajda

    burajda Star commenter

    A great British legacy for the EU. What will they do without our passion for market led anglo saxon economics?

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