F.Ahr guests on long-distance and regional trains as well as on buses and trams must be vaccinated, recovered or tested from this Wednesday on in the fight against the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Deutsche Bahn announced corresponding controls of the so-called 3-G rule. These are to be carried out randomly by the security and control staff, the group announced. Children who have not yet reached the age of six and schoolchildren are excluded.
Checks are only carried out while driving and not when boarding. The 3-G rule only applies to trains, not to stations and platforms. If you do not show proof on the train, you have to get off at the next stop. There the inspectors can also ask the federal police for assistance. “In long-distance traffic alone, controls on 400 connections are planned in the first few days after the new rules come into force,” it said.
The railway is thus implementing the Federal Government’s resolutions in the new Infection Protection Act from last week. The changes have been in the Federal Law Gazette since Tuesday and are therefore valid from Wednesday. This is intended to regulate contacts more closely in view of the rapidly increasing number of corona infections.
The rail unions EVG and GDL had criticized the new rules in rail traffic. They fear an additional burden on the train attendants.
“The employees of the railway are not deputy sheriffs, that has to be a matter for the Federal Police,” said the deputy chairman of the Railway and Transport Union (EVG), Martin Burkert, last week. GDL boss Claus Weselsky agreed with him: “The train crew cannot take control of the 3G regulations. Anyone asking for that has no idea about railways, ”he told the newspaper Die Welt.
Human Resources Director Berthold Huber emphasized: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, DB employees have been doing an outstanding job under the most difficult of conditions. Now, too, they are faced with massive challenges again. ”That is why, in addition to random checks by its staff, the railways also rely on the passengers to help implement the new legal regulations.
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