Penalties up for fare dodgers
The cost of getting caught freeloading on a train has nearly doubled.
Auckland Transport’s penalty fare for anyone who boards a train without a valid ticket or a tagged AT HOP card, has gone from $10.30 to $20.
Chairman Lester Levy says people travelling without paying their fare are stealing from Auckland’s taxpayers and ratepayers.
‘‘We make no apology for this increase,’’ he says.
‘‘Auckland trains operate on a pre-pay system which requires everyone to pay their way to ensure we can continue to invest in improving trains, stations and services.’’
Mr Levy says the penalty fare is only one of a range of measures Auckland Transport will be putting in place to deter fare evaders.
‘‘If you have been unable to purchase a ticket for any reason that can be discussed with onboard staff.’’