De Lijn forced to remove advertising for unlicensed gambling site

The Gaming Commission has ruled that the Flemish public transport company De Lijn must remove all advertising by an illegal gambling website from its busses and bus shelters. It was an alert member of the public that contacted the Gaming Commission about the advertising campaign that has appeared on public transport across the region. 

Advertising for gambling websites that don’t have a gaming licence is illegal.  The Justice Minister Koen Geens (Flemish Christian democrat) has confirmed that De Lijn has told the Gaming Commission that the advertising will be removed with immediate effect.

Mr Geens has also asked the Gaming Commission to contact De Lijn to discuss its advertising policy. Mr Geens stresses that sharp-eyed citizens can always do their bit to help combat gambling addiction.     

The current gambling legislation bans advertising for websites that don’t have a licence from the Gaming Commission. Those using unlicensed sites also risk big fines. There are currently proposals to tighten the rules on the advertising of gambling products. However, the measures must first pass through parliament before they can become law.