Evaders warned

Fare evaders have been warned 150 Transport Officers are now in place to check tickets in NSW

November 6, 2013

Fare evaders on the NSW bus network have been warned more transport officers are now in the state to ensure people are paying the correct fares for their journeys.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian has announced 150 transport officers are now in place to check tickets.

They are currently undertaking a blitz of customers on buses and at bus stops to ensure people have the right ticket as they change between zones.

"Our message is clear: fare evasion will not be tolerated and it is not fair to those who do the right thing and pay their way," says Berejiklian.

"Most people do the right thing and buy a valid ticket, but for those customers without the correct ticket they are now on notice."

There have been more than 20,000 fare evaders fined over the last five months, since the first group of transport officers began on the network in May this year.

For example, many customers have already been found to be overriding, or using a MyBus1 ticket, when the length of the journey taken actually requires a MyBus2 ticket.

Transport officers also assist customers who have questions about public transport, and complement the Police Transport Command that took over the security of public transport from transit officers in May last year.

"Transport officers will work across all modes alongside the Police Transport Command who are now in charge of security on the network," Berejiklian explains.

Transport officers can and will issue fines for offences including travelling without a ticket, concession misuse and engaging in anti-social behaviour.

Fines for these offences range from $200 to $400.

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