AusRAIL

No coins no excuse to evade public transport fares

<p>The Supreme Court has upheld a Victorian Government appeal against fare evasion.</p> <p>A traveller fought a fare evasion fine on the basis that he only had notes and could not use the ticket machine on the tram, which takes coins, but planned to buy a ticket at the end of his journey.</p> <p>Under the court ruling, commuters must buy a ticket before they board public transport or have sufficient coins to buy one.</p> <p>The Supreme Court found a previous decision for the traveller in the Magistrate’s Court was incorrect. The case will now be sent back to the Magistrate’s Court for rehearing.</p> <br />