Disclaimer: As usual, what is written below is my own personal opinion, and may vary from yours. It doesn’t mean to say either is correct or incorrect, it’s what makes us all Humans.
FARE EVASION IS A CRIME.
I’m an ex-Bus Driver and despised anybody who evaded their fare.
I was assaulted many times.
I truly believe everyone who Fare Evades, should be punished, because even though, it’s a minor offence, can lead to major offences.
Minimum Infringement should be $2,500.
From my observations over the years. When there are service reviews, numbers are looked at for each service.
There will be observers, hidden, along the route, to count the passengers.
If its found 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’ve been abused by others for validating my card.
Please think about the above, next time you think about Fare Evading.
With the current Pandemic going on, by validating your card, you can check where you have travelled, if a case travels on Public Transport.
Here in Victoria, Australia, there are QR codes to check in on vehicles, via Service Victoria app.