Fare evasion on the decline in Brisbane

By: Jason Whittaker


Fare evasion on Queensland’s public transport network is on the decline. A TransLink spokesman told ABC fare evasion figures were

Fare evasion on Queensland’s public transport network is on the decline. A TransLink spokesman told ABC fare evasion figures were showing a downward trend.

In 2007, about 8 percent of commuters using TransLink’s train network did not pay for their tickets.

In 2008 the network average for fare evasion was 7.2 percent. At 3.4 percent, fare evasion on buses across the network in the same year was less than half that of the network average.

Last week Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said fare evasion had cost TransLink $16 million in uncollected revenue. Most fare evaders on south east Queensland public transport services were likely to be young, she said. More than 82 percent of all fare evaders were under the age of 30.

In the 12 months to June 1, 2009, TransLink Transit Officers issued 20,557 fines for fare evasion.

The spokesman would not comment on any correlation between the use of TransLink’s smart card technology – go card – and fare evasion.

Information about faulty go cards was not available, he said.

About 40 percent of commuters on Brisbane Transport services used go cards in June. Across the wider TransLink network, about 30 per cent of commuters are using go cards.

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