VIC bus fare evasion rises

Ticket officers will be out in force to catch fare evaders in Victoria

VIC bus fare evasion rises
A myki card reader

Public Transport Victoria is taking drastic measures to reduce fare evasion, as offending by bus users has risen to up to 16 per cent this year.

Highly visible focus operations at key interchanges are the latest technique being used by public transport operators to combat fare evasion.

Authorised Officers are working together to target fare evaders at key fare evasion hotspots and transport interchanges, and they will be waiting at these sites to check myki cards as customers disembark. 

The May 2013 fare evasion results reveal fare evasion across all forms of transport has increased from 9.4 per cent in October 2012, to 11.9 per cent and is as high as 16 per cent on buses.

During an hour and half operation last week (December 13), Authorised Officers checked 114 valid tickets and issued nine reports of non-compliance with two for bus. 

Public Transport Victoria Director of Customer Services Alan Fedda says any increase in fare evasion is unacceptable and costs the public transport network $65 million a year.

 "PTV is working closely with bus operators such as Transdev Melbourne, Melbourne’s newest bus operator, to understand the reasons for the increase in fare evasion on this mode, with a focus on bringing rates back down to the levels seen previously."

Fedda says to help customers always be ready to travel, PTV has recently been running a highly successful campaign to educate our customers about the myki auto top up service which is available.

Transdev Melbourne CEO Edward Thomas says the organisation has held a number of joint focus operations with Yarra Trams at key tram and bus interchanges.

"We want to remind commuters that public transport, including the bus network, is not unsupervised and to ensure that they understand how to use myki properly," he says.

 "Individuals will be fined if they don’t travel with a valid ticket, but the Authorised Officers will also hand out myki information and talk to people about how to use the system."

Concession holders should always carry proof of their entitlement. Fines for fare evading are $212 for adults and $72 for children under 18.

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