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Crackdown on Metro fare dodgers in full swing

POLICE are teaming up with the city’s subway operator to crack down against fare dodging with intensified efforts starting today in a bid to ease the increasingly rampant practice.

No fewer than eight subway stations citywide will be patrolled by undercover law enforcers during rush hour every day, or 7:30am to 9:30am as well as 5pm to 7pm.

To drive home the seriousness of subway rules, the personal information of some serious violators -- for example, those who responded violently after being caught or have had a history of dodging fares -- would be recorded and loaded into the public personal credit information system.

The city will hold a public hearing later this month to canvass public opinion on whether a proposal to double the current maximum punishment against fare dodging would be passed. The current toughest fine is five times the maximum fare on the Metro, or 55 yuan (US$8.98).

The local public personal credit system was launched in June. So far the Metro operator has provided information on 160 violations in which younger riders use seniors’ cards to travel the Metro free of charge. Some borrowed the cards from older family members.

A bad record on the system would make it difficult for people to apply for employment or bank loans.

But many from the public also question the practice because the local credit system would have limited impact on the group of fare dodgers who are non-locals with no plans to settle down in the city.


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