Fare evaders to face tougher penalties in Metro Vancouver starting next week
Transit fare evaders in Metro Vancouver will face tougher penalties starting next week as provincial legislative changes come into effect.
As of September 4, a new bylaw will enable TransLink to collect fines from people caught without valid proof of payment in a fair-paid zone. The legislation will also enable transit security to issue fare-infraction tickets.
“The vast majority of our customers pay their fares and will not notice any changes,” TransLink Chief Operating Officer Doug Kelsey said in a news release today (August 31).
“But, they can be assured that we’re taking action on those who choose not to pay their fare. Our goal is to ensure everyone is paying their fair share across the board.”
After Labour Day, fare evaders will face new penalties, including a $173 fine that will increase if unpaid to $213 after 180 days, and $273 after one year. Outstanding fines may also be referred to a collection agency, and drivers with an outstanding transit fine may be refused renewal of their driver’s licence or vehicle insurance.
TransLink will launch a new website on September 4, where those who receive a ticket can pay their fine online, dispute the ticket or appeal a decision.
The new penalties are a result of legislation introduced by the B.C. government in May that amended the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Act.