Fare Evasion Prosecutions Post Lockdown in England and Wales
In this blog post you will read about:
- An estimate of fare evasion offences during the lockdown in the UK
- Enhanced fare evasion controls in 2021
- What happens if you get charged with fare evasion
- How a specialised solicitor can help in dealing with fare evasion
- Why also honest mistakes result in fare evasion prosecutions
- How Aletta Shaw Solicitors can help in dealing with fare evasion
An estimate of fare evasion offences during the lockdown in the UK
Fare evasion prosecutions were rising steadily in the years before lockdown, and losses incurred due to fare evasions amounted to approximately £116 million, as recorded by TfL, and £240 million across the UK. However, the actual losses are likely to be very much higher than that, as these figures only include numbers for people who were caught fare evading. As you can imagine, this is a massive cost to the train and bus companies, and that money could be used to improve their services and therefore public transportation.
Enhanced fare evasion controls in 2021
Ticket inspections were scaled back when the country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, most networks have now re-introduced inspectors and prosecutions are being stepped up to make an example of those who are breaking the law by not having a valid ticket for their journey. Ticket inspectors are given rigorous training and resources to assist with their job. They may work in uniform or even in plainclothes when out and about inspecting tickets, so you could be caught out when least expecting it. They use data collected from electronic payments made by Oyster or contactless to detect patterns of irregular activity by using algorithms. This allows them to target serious long-term offenders.
We have also noticed that some train companies are taking more seriously the use of staff passes by friends or family members and prosecution is now more likely even for one-off offences. The staff member may well lose their job if they allowed a friend or family member to use the staff pass.