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Not playing fare

Ninety people are caught dodging fares on Dublin Bus every week

That’s a lot of fines.

NINETY PEOPLE ARE caught paying the wrong or no fare on a Dublin Bus every week, the company says.

The company has a team of inspectors who carry out random inspections on journeys, issuing €100 fines to those who have not paid the correct fare or have no valid ticket. The penalty is reduced to €50 if the fine is paid within 21 days.

The inspectors monitor over 350 buses a week which results in around 90 fixed penalty notices being issued. The company carried 119 million passengers on their 945 buses last year, meaning that just a small percentage either don’t pay the correct fare or are caught doing so.

A spokesperson for Dublin Bus said that the inspectors play a vital role.

While the majority of Dublin Bus customers do pay the correct fare, the Revenue Protection Team is a vital element in preventing fare evasion. Customers can often be concerned with how and if Dublin Bus deal with fare evasion so it is important to assure them that we take every necessary step to catch and prosecute fare evaders.

“Dublin Bus expanded the team this year to increase its on-street presence and to ensure as many bus routes are covered on a daily basis as possible.”

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