Research and statistics
Fare evasion surveys are conducted by PTV in May and October each year to measure the rate of fare evasion on the public transport network.
Victorian Official Fare Compliance Series: October 2016
The October 2016 fare compliance survey covered the three metropolitan modes of train, tram and bus as well as regional train services within the commuter belt.
Metropolitan network fare compliance rose to 96.2 per cent. This is equal to October 2015 as the highest reported rate since surveys commenced in 2005.
More than 97 per cent (97.4%) of metropolitan train users, 96 per cent (96.4%) of tram travellers, 93 per cent (93.6%) of metropolitan bus passengers and almost 96 per cent (95.9%) of V/Line passengers travelled with a valid ticket.
The results of May 2016 and October 2016 fare compliance surveys are used to estimate the annual revenue impact of fare evasion.
For the year ending December 2016, the revenue lost through fare evasion is estimated at $27.0 million on the metropolitan network and $3.8 million for regional trains; a total impact of $30.9 million.