Ticket Tuesday


Hold on to your tickets.

There will be ticket fare inspections throughout the rail network.

They will be both during morning and afternoon peak periods and may extend to Newmarket, Papakura and Henderson as well as Britomart where they have been held before.

The inspections of tickets pre and after boarding used to be called a “leakage survey ‘ which was a very politically correct term for catching people who had evaded paying but I think they may have dropped that term.

Let’s hope, though, that during the day they recoup $30m wsorth of fare evasions so that they can hand it to Steven and say… here’s our bad debt, now give us a CBD loop please!




  1. GJA says:

    What is the point? As long as you have a 10-trip 1-stage ticket, then you are good to go?

    I regularly see lots of people getting off at Orakei and Meadowbank without paying, no questions asked. I saw the other side of the coin where somebody bought a monthly ticket at Britomart today (only valid from tomorrow) and the Veolia staff member gave the young lady such a hard time. Yes she was in the wrong, but what is one 3-stage ride compared to the other who do not pay?

    All I can say is bring on the integrated ticketing system.

  2. Matt L says:

    They have been hitting Kingsland quite a bit recently and were out there again today. New Lynn and Glen Eden are also popular for inspections out west. I don’t think I have ever seen them at my station however.

  3. GJA says:

    The have them in the morning at Orakei and Meadowbank, but that is not the issue. It is the afternoon session.

  4. James B says:

    One thing I just don’t understand is how can they prove you’ve evaded your fare if you were to use an old ticket? Do the look at the serial numbers or something? The sooner we get intergrated ticketing the better. I hate the stupid bits of paper you get when you travel by public transport.

  5. Matt L says:

    I saw one person pulled up this morning, he had a ten trip and was arguing about it but the staff member told him that all onboard staff were using a specific shaped hole punch and he didn’t have that shape.

    GJA - yes in the afternoon there is nothing to stop someone from buying a 1 stage but riding more than that. I have seen a few times when the staff have remembered what was purchased and either made people buy another fare or kick them off but it is far from accurate.

  6. max says:

    It’s like telling you where a speeding checkpoint is. Pretty useless. Not ALL useless, but almost.

  7. Andy says:

    I agree max, at least make it a “Ticket Checking” MONTH. Then there should be more effect.

  8. GJA says:

    I put them to the test this morning, showed my “back-up” ten trip ticket and they quickly pointed out that it wasn’t clipped on the train.

    I then showed them my valid monthly pass, and they “let me go”.


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