AT tar­gets fare evaders

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

Trans­port of­fi­cers could soon be a fa­mil­iar sight on Auck­land Trans­port trains.

The Auck­land Coun­cil-controlled or­gan­i­sa­tion is propos­ing a pi­lot in­volv­ing 18 of the of­fi­cers work­ing across the re­gion.

Auck­land Trans­port metro op­er­a­tions group man­ager Bren­don Main said on Tues­day new leg­is­la­tion, ex­pected to be passed by Par­lia­ment later this year, will give of­fi­cers ‘‘greater pow­ers to en­force fare pay­ment’’.

Of­fi­cers would be able to is­sue penalty no­tices to fare evaders and pro­vide as­sis­tance to cus­tomers, he said.

The of­fi­cers’ pres­ence was ex­pected to ‘‘pro­vide a de­ter­rent’’ to po­ten­tial fare-evaders and re­duce van­dal­ism, Main said.

New AT HOP elec­tronic gates were also ex­pected to be in­stalled at eight sta­tions - Otahuhu, Ma­nurewa, Pa­p­a­toe­toe, Hen­der­son, Par­nell, Mid­dle­more, Glen Innes and Pa­pakura - over the next 18 months.

The Brit­o­mart, New­mar­ket, New Lynn, Pa­pakura and Manukau sta­tions would also have new in­te­grated of­fices by the end of July.

Cur­rently, cus­tomers need to queue at one point to buy a cash ticket and queue at an­other to get jour­ney plan­ning ad­vice and other in­for­ma­tion, Main said.

All the rail ser­vice up­grades were ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of 2019.

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