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Trained unit to tackle city's Metro fare evaders

Shanghai’s Metro operator will soon have a trained 100-member team to tackle fare evaders despite seeing a drop in the number of people traveling ticketless since January.

The regulation enforcement unit will undergo professional training with the city’s traffic law enforcement agency, said Shao Weizhong, vice president of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group.

Dealing with commuters traveling without tickets has long been an irritant and a new regulation enforced at the start of 2014 brought down the number of offenders from 11,000 in January 2013 to 4,000 last month.

The Metro operator has attributed the drop of fare evaders this year to the new regulation under which violators are fined 75 yuan (US$21.4). Those caught misusing senior citizen cards and other certificates can be fined up to 500 yuan. The violations are then recorded into the personal credit system that could affect their chances of landing a job or getting bank loans.

Shao said the operator will further strengthen the enforcement of the Shanghai Metro Traffic Operation Regulation. After training with law enforcement bodies, the 100-member team will join the 2,000-odd staff who work part-time to monitor violations.

Shao said they had already passed on information of violators to the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization. Junctions like Zhongshan Park and Longyang Road have a higher rate of fare offenders.

The most common evading methods include two people getting through a turnstile with one ticket, taking a longer ride than the ticket value, and jumping over or going under the turnstile.



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