Fine awaits companies that fail to check IDs
A government minister warned on Friday that transportation companies failing to check the identities of its travelers before coming to Sweden could be fined SEK 50,000.
At a morning news conference, Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson layout more details regarding the country's new ID checks on all forms of transport arriving into Sweden set to begin on January 4.
She said bus, train and ferry companies are responsible for checking passenger IDs and that not doing so could trigger a SEK 50,000 fine for the trip. How the checks are carried out will be left up to the companies.
"There are no detailed requirements as to how this identity verification should be done. It's a question we think the carriers are best able to work out appropriately, and where different types of transportation differ, decide what is appropriate," Johansson said. "And we the government will of course follow the developments very closely when this comes into force, and see how it works in practice."
The ID requirements are part of a wider effort by the government to reduce the number of asylum seekers coming into the country.
Johansson added that children under the age of 18 traveling in the company of an adult with a valid ID will not be subject to the checks.
The government is also not saying what is a valid form of identification, instead leaving that question up to the police and the transportation companies.