Penal­ties up for fare dodgers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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