17 March 2005

Ticket inspectors ?

| lemaChet
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In the past 5 years, I have been riding busses regularly. I remember a bit of an article somewhere (probably in that pinnacle of journalistic integrity, the CT) about ticket inspectors.
As far as I’m aware, its always been pretty god damn hard to get on a bus without a ticket, or without paying.

Either way, onto my bus this morning hopped a ticket inspector. The first inspector I’ve seen on a bus in 5 years or regular workday commuting.

Whats the deal with the sudden appearance, should I stop my fare evading days in the expection of more regular inspectors, or should I not be concerned ?

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For regular bus users, the concession thing should actually be a non-issue now with the MyWay card. You either have a concession card or you don’t. Eligibility is checked when you apply and continuously updated. If you cease to be eligible, your card is automatically converted to a standard card. Of course you could borrow someone else’s card quite easily. In which case you could get found out by the ticket inspectors. The bus driver could still cheat with single tickets but I’m unsure what share of concession bus users buy those these days.

The general risk of fare evasion should be about the same as before MyWay.

Calling this revenue raising is a bit rich. You deliberately don’t pay for a service and complain about getting caught?

I too think public transport should be free, but it’s not. So paying for the bus is similar to sneaking into a movie theater without a ticket.

I remember seeing a Cop on a bus in Tuggers, remember him telling me he’s in trouble for transit work and was told not to do it again? Seems that the inspectors are really there for the money, nothing more. This travel should be free anyway, saves the environment!

Rez – that way neither evaders nor inspectors see anything that upsets them.

Aside from picking up people using concession cards when they shouldn’t, there’s a perennial issue with staff taking public moneys.

ACTION are worried the drivers are issuing cheap tickets and charging full fares, the difference going into their pockets.

(this isn’t ACTION specific, all busineses worry about it, It’s what killed off general entry cash registers)

If the inspectors are keeping regular times then you begin to suspect they’ve been cut in for a slice of the action (as it were).

I have seen a ticket inspector weekly for the past two years…same time, same route (about midday, Civic to Belconnen)… surprise obviously isn’t their element.

More needless revenue rasing. I must admit I did once get pinged by
these blokes much to the merriment of eveyone of my mates who saw the
ticket lying on my table the next day.

Yep, I’ve probably seen them four or five times in the two years I’ve been regularly commuting.

As far as I can tell, the inspectors are mainly aiming to catch people travelling concession without a proper ID.

It’s not a sudden appearance. I use to be a regular bus commuter and came across the ticket guy quite regularly. I guess you ahve just been lucky (?) to not have seen the guy before.

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