Penalty for fare dodging on public transport

For zwartrijders it really seriously from 2015. The Rutte government announced in July of that year that it wants to double the fines for unpaid trips by train, bus or tram from 35 to 70 euros. Of course there are always loopholes that need to explain the black car. Some of them are just not good enough or not evidence. Others are by the auditors accepted. But anyone caught repeatedly on black drive, no longer need to rely on leniency from the auditors.

Unambiguous leniency rules

Passengers who have mistakenly failed to check in anyway should not bear the brunt of the new measures. In that regard, it is interesting that inspectors on public transport have the ability to see into the travel behavior of passengers and to assess on the basis thereof or which are normally able-Out. Except for an increased penalty amount also announced the government in June 2015 to that soon there will be a clear compensation scheme for passengers who forgot to check in by mistake. Although there probably is no excuse that an experienced inspector has not yet heard, there was a large but hitherto little uniform assessment margin. Arguments like "the machine did not," golden incidentally for the auditors never as an excuse.

What is the aim of the new system of fines?

The impact of the amended rules to fine dodgers is twofold:
  • who in good faith and make a mistake, can count on a lenient treatment;
  • who knowingly black runs, can soon expect a much heavier penalty. For the cool calculator who dares to risk being caught, it becomes so much more difficult to recover any penalty.

Fines system will also curb aggression to inspectors

The modified penalty regime should not only the number of fare dodgers dramatically reducing, but is also designed to curb the increasing aggression toward conductors in public transport. Practice shows that more than half of the travelers who creates nuisance in public transport, is zwartrijder. Or as a spokesperson for NS once put it: "When thunder in the train fare dodging nine times out of ten the cause."

The chip card and fare dodging

Incidentally, a few years after the introduction of the OV-chip card was found that the fare dodging on public transport had decreased significantly. The public transport smartcard complicated fare dodging, because they often shut the gates only with the chip card can pass. But also in bus and tram there was to take a decrease in the number of black where riders.
More paying passengers by introducing OV-chip card
Where a few years ago using the strippenkaart still showed so ?? s 10 percent not paying passengers, was on the municipal transport in Amsterdam and Rotterdam only talk of, say, 1.5 percent black riders. The payment morale is noticeably improved.

Of subscribers can also be fined an amount?

The traveler has seen a legal obligation to pay for his carrier. In public transport in 2015 that achieved by checking in with a public transport chip card. One may wonder whether the holder of a public transport plan that forgets to check in is fine complicit. Consumer doubted the usefulness of Check-in holders of subscription: after all, which has already paid for the trip and would therefore not be penalized if the check is not effected. The judge allowed them in 2015 in the same. Yet some refinement in this regard in its place: the subscriber who fails to check in and will be subject to fines, which is fine because initially shooting for. In retrospect one can challenge the fine and the money received back.