May 02, 2012 12:56
The Seoul's subway system loses W1.9 billion a year from free-riders and passengers who do not pay the correct fare (US$1=W1,129). The city government on Monday that 3,894 such cases were found on nine subway lines between March 5 and April 5, three times more than the 1,257 cases over the same period last year.
The rise was due to the fact that more staff were put on cracking down on offenders during peak commuting hours. Some W188.23 million of fines were collected.
The month-long crackdown also found passengers who bought discounted tickets although they were not entitled to concessions. They were spotted because discount tickets for students, the disabled or senior citizens make different sounds from ordinary ones when they are touched to the subway gates. Passengers who do not pay the correct fare are subject to surcharges of 30 times the original fare.
Some 83 percent (3,235 cases) of offenders used the subway without paying. Next came those who used tickets for the elderly with 10 percent (398), followed by those who bought tickets for children at 7 percent (262).
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