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Fewer fare evaders with tougher fines

The number of fare evaders on Metro has dropped sharply since the new regulation on violations came into effect at the beginning of the year.

The Metro operator reported 4,000 ticket evading cases in January this year, down from the 11,000 cases during the same period last year.

The operator attributed the drop to the introduction of the Shanghai Metro Traffic Operation Regulation on January 1.

Under the regulation, ticket evaders will be fined 75 yuan (US$12.4). Those caught using senior citizen cards or fake certificates for travel will be fined 10 times the highest ticket price, which is 15 yuan.

All the violations will be included into the personal credit system that could affect the chances of landing a job or getting a bank loan.

The operator reported just 10 cases of misuse of free-ride certificates in the first month of the year. The number was 224 last January.

Also, 1,946 passengers were caught taking longer rides than permitted, which was still a 75 percent drop compared to the 8,958 cases last January.

However, more passengers were caught misusing senior citizen cards — 275 compared with 227 in January 2013.



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