Tasmanian bus fare check

Passengers are being warned to pay correct bus fares as checks start

Tasmanian bus fare check
Tasmanian bus fare check
September 8, 2013

Metro is warning passengers in Tasmania to ensure they are paying the correct bus fare as a revenue program begins.

The three-month state wide fares revenue protection program trail begins tomorrow.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Alan Pedley says police officers act as authorised officers to check and enforce payment of fares.

"If a passenger fails to have the correct ticket or is found to be overriding on their Greencard they may face a caution or receive a fine."

Hand-held Greencard devices will be used to check boarding and trip information of passengers using a Greencard.

Visual checks of paper tickets and passes will also be conducted including eligibility for concessional travel.

The trial will determine the extent of fare evasion and under payment across the network.

"Some passengers may not be aware they are breaking the law, for example if they are travelling further than the default trip on their Greencard or if their entitlement to a fare concession has changed," says Pedley.

"Passengers should ensure that they pay correct fares, are selecting the correct default trip on their Greencard or asking the driver to override the Greencard default when they are taking a longer trip."

Metro and Tasmania Police already work closely together to ensure safety on buses.

"Through this trial more people will be aware of the presence of police on buses and it will allow for greater engagement between police and passengers," says Pedley.

For information about fares, concession entitlements and Greencard, go to the metrotas.com.au or contact customer service on 13 22 01.

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