VZBV: Bahn should offer seat reservations free of charge

Seat reservation with Deutsche Bahn, via dts
Seat reservation with Deutsche Bahn, via dts
Consumer advocates have asked Deutsche Bahn to do more for the safety of their passengers in Corona times and to offer seat reservations free of charge.

The supervisory board of the railway, which meets on Wednesday, should ask the railway to "cancel the fee for the seat reservation for at least one year on all tickets and also to make changes to the seat reservation uncomplicated," said the transport expert of the German Consumer Association (VZBV), Marion Jungbluth, the "Tagesspiegel" (Thursday edition). So far, reservations in the second class have cost four euros.

"During the pandemic, many people worry about traveling in overcrowded trains for a long time," said the consumer advocate. The distance rule cannot be strictly adhered to in the railways. Everything must therefore be done to intelligently distribute passengers in all cars. "The occupancy displays must be reliable so that travelers can switch to less frequented trains," demanded Jungbluth. The information about the occupancy will be more accurate if all passengers reserve a seat if possible. The waiver of a fee for reservations could help.