South Australia public transport users targeted in July

Public transport users in South Australia were the target of a month-long crackdown on bad behaviour

South Australian officers reported 994 transit incidents on public transport across the state in July, following a month-long crackdown on bad behaviour.   

Police Transit Branch and Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Transport officers joined forces in July to target fare evasion and other offences on the public transport network.

The results of the crackdown show 39,257 passengers were checked across the Adelaide Metro network over the month, and 994 transit incident reports were issued to people alleged to be doing the wrong thing on our trains, trams and buses.

This includes fare evasion, poor behaviour, offensive language and feet on seats.

Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan says the joint operations focused on people who misused concessions, did not validate on boarding or tried to bypass ticket gates.

 "We’re doing everything we can to improve our network and encourage more people to take up public transport, and people who do the right thing shouldn’t have to put up with those few who try and cheat the system or behave badly," he says.

South Australia Police are also increasing the number of Transit Officers over the next three years.

These additional officers will boost the total number of officers allocated to the Transit Services Branch to 114 compared to just 74 in 2012.

"The targeted operations conducted by plain-clothes and uniformed officers included full station closures of areas known to experience high levels of fare evasion, including Elizabeth, Salisbury and Adelaide Railway Station, and saturation of tram lines targeting commuters who fail to validate their ticket," says Mullighan.

"With police and transport officers on the network checking more tickets, more often, it is not a case of if you will get caught and fined $220 but when."

The crackdown came ahead of the ‘Fare Player’ advertising campaign which commenced earlier in August.

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