Fare compliance on Melbourne’s metropolitan buses has dropped below 90 per cent for the first time in years
Fare compliance on Melbourne’s metropolitan buses has dropped below 90 per cent for the first time in years, with 10.8 per cent of passengers travelling without a valid ticket in May.
The figures have been released as part of Public Transport Victoria’s May 2017 Fare Compliance Survey.
According to the report, when combined across all three metropolitan modes (trains, trams and buses), 94.8 per cent of passengers in Melbourne travelled with a valid ticket, though this figure was lower on buses (89.2 per cent).
Fare compliance also remains high on V/Line services at 94.2 per cent as the regional network continues to experience significant growth in passengers and services.
V/Line now operates 2000 weekly services for the first time in its history, a 40 per cent increase since November 2014.
The Fare Compliance Survey, completed twice yearly in May and October, involves more than 65,000 tickets being checked across all modes to give a snapshot of passengers travelling with a valid ticket. Since the survey began in 2005, overall fare compliance in metropolitan Melbourne has improved from 86.6 per cent in October 2005 to the current 94.8 per cent.
The introduction of a new fare compliance system saw the removal of on-the-spot penalty fares on January 1 this year and better training for authorised officers.
While most passengers travelled with a valid ticket, fare evasion still cost taxpayers $36.5 million in lost revenue in the last financial year.
Common reasons recorded for not having a valid ticket were concession fare breaches on metropolitan buses at 2.8 per cent and having insufficient balance on a regional trains at 2 per cent.
Below: The percentage of people riding on Melbourne buses without a valid ticket has increased