Fare dodgers snared in East End as cops swoop on buses

POLICE and ticket inspectors issued 21 penalty’ fares when they swooped on buses in a joint operation in East London. Two passengers were warned they would be prosecuted for fare evasion in the swoop in the Bow Road on the notorious 25 bendy bus route

By Mike Brooke

POLICE and ticket inspectors issued 21 penalty’ fares when they swooped on buses in a joint operation in East London.

Two passengers were warned they would be prosecuted by TfL for fare evasion in the swoop in the Bow Road on the notorious 25 bendy bus route where fare-dodge operations have been carried out in the past.

“We hope this sends a clear message that passengers must pay the correct fare,” warned TfL’s Revenue Protection area manager Guy Baber.

“Deliberate evaders will be prosecuted. They cost London �30 million in lost revenue last year. That money could be used to improve the service.”

Inspectors took 20,000 dodgers to court in 2008, the last annual figures available. They also lashed out 59,000 Penalty fares after checking 11 million tickets on 420,000 buses.

Penalty fares rose to �50 last January. But deliberate or persistent fare dodgers risk fines up to �1,000.

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