Controversial public transport fine targeting tourists to be scrapped in Melbourne

Published on : Friday, May 27, 2016

Controversial public transportSustained complaints of public transport fine targeting vulnerable and tourists in Melbourne will be scrapped.

 
The Victorian state Ombudsman on Thursday scrapped the controversial 75-Australian dollar (54-U.S. dollar) fine, which fare evaders on Melbourne’s public transport system are encouraged to pay.

 
Ombudsman Deborah Glass handed down her ruling on Thursday and said it was “bewildering” such a system was conceived in the first place.

 

She said it targets tourists who are unsure of the system, as well as the vulnerable and those who make an honest mistake.

 
The on-the-spot fine received numerous complaints from legal experts and the public, as the 54 U.S dollar fine gave up the fare evader’s right to challenge the ticket, with the alternative being the right to contest the fine, but the issuance of a 163-U.S dollar infringement notice if the challenge fails.

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