Fare com­pli­ance on Mel­bourne’s metropoli­tan buses has dropped be­low 90 per cent for the first time in years

ABC (Australia) - - CONTENTS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.