Friday, 21 March 2014

Fare evading is costing you more than you think

Monash University researchers Professor Graham Currie and Dr Alexa Delbosc from the Institute of Transport Studies are investigating why people who use public transport, fare evade.

According to the study, Victorian taxpayers pay close to $80 million a year to compensate for lost revenue from unpaid fares.

Figures show that in the 2011-12 financial year fare evasion cost $79.3 million; regular evaders accounted for $53.9 million of that or 68 per cent of all revenue loss, but made up only 1.7 per cent (67,200 people) of the Melbourne population.

The study is partnered with Public Transport Victoria in a bid to stop passengers from using public transport without a valid ticket.

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