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Scheme to protect fare evaders

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 5 July, 2012 - 9:31 AM

Online activists who've set up a scheme claiming to shield fare evaders from fines have been given till tomorrow to scrap their campaign or face possible police action.

For 20-dollars a month, evaders are being offered "Tramsurance" to cover the cost of any penalties if they're caught travelling without a ticket.

The scheme follows a crackdown on fare evasion and the ever-increasing cost of public transport.

Those who have signed up for the 'Tramsurance Newsletter' receive this introductory email:

Thanks for your interest!

We're really glad you're considering joining us. We're passionate about changing Melbourne's public transport system to be cheaper and fairer for all. If you want help us along - or just want to get to work or uni for a reasonable amount of money - we'll be there for you.

"We're not encouraging people to fare evade, but if there is a demand for this type of service, we're willing to cater to it," co-founder Tom Pisel told Neil Mitchell.

"You're either going to end up a millionaire or in jail," Neil Mitchell said.

The Lord Mayor doesn't envision the movement taking off:

"I admire initiative, but this could get these kids in a whole lot of trouble.  I reckon they need a stern talking to from their Mothers," Robert Doyle said.

Listen below.

IMAGE: Brainchild Tom Pisel



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Blog comments Your Say

  • The idiots need to go and live in other cities where public transport is more expensive or non-existant - everyone has to pay their way - life isn't a free ride no matter how much labour panders to Australians who have no idea how lucky they are.

    Jackie Friday 6 July, 2012 - 12:48 AM
  • Steve, you utter moron, Myki was introduced by the LIBERAL govt back before bracks, labor simply carried it through.

    Chris Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 9:37 PM
  • Myki,another failure of the incompetent previous Labor money wasters,and this government should have scrapped it>.

    Steve Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 2:46 PM
  • its not the consumers fault that the government wasted millions setting up myki when there were plenty of established cheaper alternatives, so why do we have to pay so much, it was brax and brumbys mistake not ours.

    Banana McCoon Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 2:28 PM
  • May be public transport could learn a thing or two here. Make it attractive enough price wise and more will pay and use it. A Flat attractive monthly price could be the answer.

    Steve Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 1:16 PM
  • Would a student Myki cost more than $20 a month??

    mylene Thursday 5 July, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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