Public transport crackdowns on fare evasion and crime

Published 19th March, 2014 in Transport, Police & Justice

Police and transport officers are increasing efforts to target fare evasion and crime on public transport in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

NSW Police Transport Command issuing infringement notice
NSW Police Transport Command issuing infringement notice

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that fare evasion was unfair to the majority of customers who paid their way, and “it costs millions of dollars that could be spent on extra services and new infrastructure.”

Plain clothes and uniformed officers will target people on trains, buses, ferries and at major transports hubs who:

  • misuse concessions and zone ticketing
  • produce fake concession products and tickets
  • bypass ticket gates.

Officers will also focus on transport offences, and anti-social behaviour to help increase customer safety on public transport.

Police will identify individuals who may be wanted for other offences or who are using the transport network to commit crime.

The crackdown combines police powers with: an expanded CCTV network; changes to ticket vending machines that target concession misuse; and the electronic ticketing system (Opal) roll out.

Image courtesy Police Transport Command/facebook.com

Published 19th March, 2014 in Transport, Police & Justice