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Public Transport Victoria publishes V/Line fare evasion rates for the first time

04 Mar 2013

Public Transport Victoria has published the first fare evasion survey on the V/Line rail network.

The survey, which was carried out in October 2012, covers passengers travelling on V/Line trains between key regional centres and Melbourne. The results show that 4.5 per cent of these V/Line passengers are travelling without a valid ticket or concession.

‘No ticket’ (1.86 per cent) and ‘concession fraud’ (1.30 per cent) were the most common forms of fare evasion.

The survey also shows the percentage of fare evasion trips by line, with the Geelong line having the lowest.

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Fare evasion surveys on the V/Line network will now be carried out alongside PTV’s regular fare evasion surveys on metropolitan trains, trams and buses in May and October each year.

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All passengers are required to hold a valid ticket when on a V/Line service. People can buy tickets online at, by calling the PTV call centre on 1800 800 007 or by visiting a V/Line ticket sales outlet. Concession holders must always carry proof of their entitlement.

Fines for fare evasion on any part of the network are $207 for adults and $70 for those under 18 years of age.