Public transport crackdowns on fare evasion and crime

Published: 27 Sep 2016

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

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/

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