VIC bus drivers urged to be vigilant to cut fare evasion


Public Transport Victoria’s answer to fare evasion on metropolitan buses is bus driver vigilance

April 26, 2013

Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) answer to
fare evasion on metropolitan buses is more bus driver vigilance.

As part of a PTV Network Revenue Protection Plan, bus drivers have been urged to be ‘vigilant’ to make sure passengers buying or topping up myki cards on board touch on.

In October, metropolitan bus fare evasion rates were at 9.1 percent, contributing to a yearly loss of about $74 million.

The fare evasion rate on metropolitan buses has gradually increased over the previous two surveys from 7.6 percent in October 2011 to 9.1 percent in October 2012.

PTV plans to reduce fare evasion across its public transport network to nine percent by the end of the year and seven percent in the medium term.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union (RBTU) has criticized the government body for not consulting the union
about the plan.

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