Public transport fines to be increased
Fines for some offences on public transport have increased.
From the start of services on Sunday (July 26), the modified penalty for most minor offences will increase from $50 to $100. The related maximum penalties go from $250 to $500.
The changes are set out in revisions to the Public Transport Authority Regulations.
They cover things like fare evasion – for which the majority of infringement notices are issued – smoking and alcohol consumption, acting so as to cause a nuisance or annoyance, and carrying graffiti materials.
The $50 modified fine for fare evasion was set in 1994, when the cost of a two-zone fare (the most common fare) was $2 and the maximum fare was about $5.50. They are now $3.50 and $10, respectively.
The regulations relating to parking are unchanged – the fines remain at $50 (modified) and $250 (maximum).
Also unchanged are the fines applicable to assaults and other violent offences, which are dealt with by arrest and/or summons rather than on-the-spot fines.