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88 Metro ticket-less travelers fined

The Shanghai Metro said 88 people who tried to avoid paying Metro fares were caught and fined yesterday as the operator stepped up its effort to crack down on fare evaders in the city.

During the campaign, which was carried out during the afternoon rush hour yesterday, passengers were found jumping over or worming their way through turnstiles, or two passengers trying to get through with one ticket, said the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the Metro operator.

Shentong collected a total fine of 1,291 yuan (US$210.72) with passengers told to buy tickets even after paying the fine.

Two young riders were caught trying to get in using a senior citizen card, which entitles them to travel free.

A male passenger trying to get out of the station at Metro lines 4 and 8’s Xizang Road S. said he “lost the ticket along the way.” He paid 10 yuan penalty.

Metro police were present at the station yesterday afternoon. Passengers caught without tickets had to pay the ticket price and a fine of up to five times its value —  which could be 55 yuan at most.

Posters and volunteers cautioned every Metro user that avoiding paying the fares could mean a black mark on their personal credit record system.

The black marks will affect their chances of applying or getting a job, or bank loans, government subsidies, according to the Shanghai Credit Management Office. But non-Shanghainese residents do not fall under this policy.

So far this year, the Metro operator has caught more than 40,000 fare dodgers, but only about 160 of them have had their personal credit record system stamped for illegal ride.

The crackdown will continue until the end of September, the operator said. Last year, 200,000 ticket dodgers were caught.

Meanwhile, Metro officials are urging passengers to tip them off about vendors with flyers, most of which end up dirtying the carriages.

Riders can tip-off police through WeChat via their mobile phones, the operator said.

The flyers, usually about tourism companies, attracts the passengers by printing the Metro map on it.



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