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Fare evasion operation

Hundreds of Transperth passengers have been caught fraudulently using concession SmartRiders.

The passengers were identified as part of a special operation, and are being made to repay the Public Transport Authority for their illegal travel.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said the operation began in June 2015, and has so far seen 794 cards confiscated.

“So far we have recouped more than $120,000 in revenue lost when people travelled on SmartRiders they were not entitled to use,” Mr Hynes said.

“In the interest of tax-payers, most of the money has been recouped in-full or through payment plans with some being pursued through the courts or debt collection.”


  Description Details

Repaid $11,600

Female, Secret Harbour

Repaid $10,155

Female, Yanchep

Repaid $7,746

Female, Parmelia

Repaid $2042

Male, Applecross


Transperth has the lowest rate of fare evasion in the county - less than one per cent, with more than 22 million fare checks conducted each year.

“The people caught during this operation are not what most people would consider typical fare evaders. They are tagging on and off using SmartRiders – the problem is they aren’t entitled to the discounted travel the card is getting them,” Mr Hynes said.

“For example, a passenger travelling from Mandurah to Perth and back each day should be paying $9.30 each way (after the 25 per cent discount for using an auto-loaded SmartRider).

“Instead, some have been paying just 60c each way using a student SmartRider.

“The gap between what they have been paying - and what they should be paying goes into the operation of public transport services in WA – it’s not fair that other passengers pay their way and they don’t.

“For this reason, Transperth has launched a campaign to remind passengers we are on the look-out for this type of offending.”


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