Conditions of Transport, valid from September 2019
1. Area of validity
The semester ticket for students of University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ) is composed of the VMS Semester ticket and the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony.
VMS Semester ticket
The semester ticket is valid on all public transport of the Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachen (VMS). Exceptions are the special means of transport: Augustusburg cable car and Fichtelbergbahn Cranzahl-Oberwiesenthal.
The tariff and transport conditions of the Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen apply when traveling in the area of VMS. For journeys across the border of the transport associations, the corresponding rules apply up to the last stop or from the first stop on the territory of the VMS.
SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony
The semester ticket is valid for all railway companies operating in Saxony on the following products:
(The ticket is valid until the last scheduled stop or from the first scheduled stop on the territory of the Free State of Saxony).
Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG): S, RB, RE, IRE
Die Länderbahn GmbH: vogtlandbahn, trilex
Städtebahn Sachsen GmbH: SBS
Transdev Regio Ost GmbH: MRB
Transdev Mitteldeutschland GmbH: MRB
Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH: OE
Erfurter Bahn GmbH: EB, EBx
Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland GmbH
The SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony is not valid on special rail-bound means of transport, with the exception of the Döllnitzbahn GmbH. The ticket is only valid for the 2nd class. The use of long-distance trains (e.g. ICE, IC/EC) is excluded.
The ticket is valid until the last scheduled stop or from the first scheduled stop on the territory of the Free State of Saxony.
For journeys outside the VMS area, the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony is valid from the last scheduled stop before the VMS border. Unless not stated otherwise in the tariff regulations, the respective transport conditions of the transport companies used, apply in their currently valid versions.
Rides beyond the area of validity
For journeys to/from destinations outside the area of validity of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony, tickets are generally required in accordance with the respective transport conditions of the transport company used to/from the last stop within the area of validity of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony.
For journeys with a neighbouring country ticket within its area of validity or into the area of validity of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony, tickets do not need to be purchased for the first or last scheduled stop within the area of validity.
Adjacent country tickets in the sense of these regulations are:
- Bayern-Ticket Nacht
- Brandenburg-Berlin-Ticket Nacht
The SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony is valid on the route Zwickau - Werdau - Leipzig (KBS 530) within Thuringia only in transit between the stops Crimmitschau or Meerane and Regis-Breitingen. The same applies in Brandenburg on the route Hosena - Lauta (NI) - Hoyerswerda (KBS 228) between the stops Beilrode and Ruhland.
All tickets for the connecting routes must be purchased at the latest at the last transfer station, but still within the area of validity of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony before the start of the journey. Tickets for the connecting routes in accordance with the Deutsche Bahn AG Terms and Conditions of Transport can be purchased in advance at DB Travel Centres, DB agencies or travel agencies with a DB licence, DB machines with touchscreen display (not at the push button ticket machines) and as Online Tickets (for routes in Germany with minimum distance of 51 km). On trains in which on-board sales are permitted, the ticket must be purchased for onward travel within the area of validity of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony. This requires active approaching of the train personnel with or immediately after the boarding of the train.
2. Group of beneficiaries and period of validity
Group of beneficiaries
Eligible are all students of University of Applied Science Zwickau, who are enrolled and liable to contribution at University of Applied Science Zwickau at the time of purchase of the semester ticket. Students who are exempt from paying the semester ticket fee on the basis of the Contribution Regulations of Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau are not considered eligible (see point 4.).
The semester ticket Saxony is valid for one semester each for the following period:
winter semester: 1.09. till 28.02./29.02.
summer semester 1.03. till 31.08.
3. Issuing of the semester ticket and replacement
The semester ticket is a valid student ID (chip card) with the semester ticket imprinted with "VMS STIK valid until ...". It is only valid as a ticket in conjunction with an official identity document with a photo.
The semester ticket is not transferable.
If the semester ticket is lost, the WHZ will issue a second copy of the student ID. Claims for damages by the transport companies for any duplicate due to incorrect information (e.g. double use) will be made directly to the students concerned.
4. Contribution to the semester ticket, Exemption & Reimbursement
The fee for the semester ticket of 166.40 € is due for all students upon enrolment or re-enrolment in the respective semester of validity.
Distance students, guest and subsidiary students, students at the university location Markneukirchen as well as severely disabled persons with valid identification (with supplement sheet and token coin) are exempt from the contribution for the semester ticket, if an identification card is issued without semester ticket imprint.
In certain cases, there is a possibility for exemption or reimbursement of contributions for:
1. students who can prove that they have been absent from the area covered by the semester ticket for at least 15 consecutive weeks during a semester for one of the following reasons:
- compulsory study-related internship
- compulsory study-related thesis
- study at a different university
- leave of absence
2. students who can prove that they already have a semester ticket from their home university for the same service area (Sachsenticket) and
3. students who are exmatriculated in the first three months of the semester.
The conditions and regulations for the application process result from the Contribution Regulations of Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau (PDF 57 kB).
5. Further transport regulations (including passenger/bike transport)
The SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony is not transferable and does not allow you to take people, things or animals with you.
For the VMS semester ticket, the tariff regulations and transport conditions of the VMS apply. The VMS semester ticket is not transferable and allows you to bring your own children up to their 15th birthday.
The internal regulations of the respective association apply regarding the transport of bicycles. In the case of inter-company journeys, the MRB does not charge for bicycle transport, with the exception of the blocking time in the VVO. No guarantee can be given that bicycles will be carried or taken along beyond the capacity limit of the trains. In this case, there is no entitlement to (partial) reimbursement of the SPNV Student Semester Ticket Saxony.
Unauthorized changes to the entries in the student ID will make it invalid as a ticket; therefore the student is then treated as a passenger without a valid ticket. Unauthorized changes include cut off, erased, glued and overwritten ID cards.
Transportation is only provided in the services published in the timetable and only within the capacity limits.
The right to exchange and/or refund of the ticket is excluded.
6. Cancellation and reimbursement of fares for existing season ticket contracts with railway companies
If a student has a personal subscribed ticket of one of the railway companies involved in the contract (see point 1), he or she can cancel this subscription immediately with the respective company (at the latest by the 10th calendar day of the second month of the semester) before using the semester ticket. Purchased annual tickets will be refunded by the respective transport companies on a pro-rata basis according to their validity.
The partial amount is only refunded retroactively from the 1st of the first month of the regarding semester in case of personal reduced season tickets. In these cases, the railway transport companies will waive the levying of the difference between the subscription price and the price of a monthly/annual ticket.