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Public transport fare evasion at lowest level on record

26 Feb 2016

Fare evasion on Victoria’s public transport system has reached its lowest level since data began being captured in 2005.

Public Transport Victoria’s (PTV) October 2015 fare evasion survey has revealed that only 3.8 per cent of all metropolitan passengers are not travelling with a valid ticket.

The results show the number of people paying their way has increased on metropolitan buses and regional trains, while fare compliance remained steady on metropolitan trains and trams.

More than 97 per cent (97.4%) of metropolitan train users, 95 per cent (95.2%) of tram travellers, 94 per cent (94.9%) of metropolitan bus passengers and 95 per cent (95.1%) of V/Line passengers paid the correct fare.

The money lost through fare evasion has more than halved, down from $80 million in 2011-12, to $30.9 million this year.

The most common forms of fare evasion were passengers travelling without a ticket on a tram (1.4 per cent) and without a valid concession entitlement on metropolitan buses (1.3 per cent).

Passengers who are caught without the correct ticket may be given the choice between paying a $75 on-the-spot Penalty Fare or receiving a $223 infringement notice.

Percentage of fare evaders by mode

     Metropolitan Train Tram Metropolitan bus Metropolitan network V/Line train
October 2013 8.4% 8.0% 11.2% 8.9% 5.1%
May 2014 6.3% 8.8% 12.7% 8.7% 4.9%
October 2014 4.1% 6.0% 8.7% 5.9% 7.0%
May 2015 2.7% 4.8% 8.7% 5.0% 6.1%
October 2015 2.6% 4.8% 5.1% 3.8% 4.9%

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