Fines begin for AT fare evaders

Author
Chelsea Daniels,
Publish Date
Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 5:37AM
Fare evaders face fines of up to $500 on public transport in Auckland from today. Photo / YouTube
Fare evaders face fines of up to $500 on public transport in Auckland from today. Photo / YouTube

Fines begin for AT fare evaders

Author
Chelsea Daniels,
Publish Date
Mon, 18 Jun 2018, 5:37AM

No more free rides on Auckland's public transport, with fines being dished out for ticket evaders as of today.

New government legislation means passengers who fail to tag their AT HOP card or buy a ticket can face a $150 fine.

That could rise to $500 if it reaches the courts.

Auckland Transport spokesperson, James Ireland says up to six per cent of those travelling on public transport aren't paying for the service, and that's costing ratepayers and taxpayers two to three million dollars a year.

"If everyone just pays their fare share then we won't have to issue any of these infringements and that would be fantastic," he says.