Disclaimer: As usual, what is written below is my own personal opinion, and may vary from yours. It doesn’t mean to say that either is correct or incorrect, that’s what makes us all Humans.
IS A CRIME.
I’m an ex-Bus Driver and despised anybody who evaded their fare.
I was assaulted many times.
I truly believe that everyone who Fare Evades, should be punished, because even though, it’s a minor offence, these can lead to major offences.
From my observations over the years.
When there are service reviews, numbers are looked at for each service.
There will also be observers, hidden, along the route, to count the passengers.
If its found that there are very few paying passengers, then the service may be cancelled, meaning:
Loss of at least 1 Job.
Another reason, Inspectors may board and check tickets, resulting in many infringements.
I used to have housemates who abused me for validating my card.
Please think about the above, next time you may think about Fare Evading.