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ALMOST one in four passengers travelling on the Outer Harbour train line on weekdays are evading fares, new figures reveal.
Fare evasion on the line rose to 24 per cent in the January-March reporting period, compared to 18 per cent in the last quarter of 2011.
Across the Adelaide rail network, the number of commuters dodging their ticket payments stood mostly unchanged at 15 per cent.
On the state's tram network, 8 per cent of commuters were evading fares across the week.
The figures were revealed in service audit reports obtained by Opposition transport spokeswoman Vickie Chapman under Freedom of Information laws.
Ms Chapman said immediate action needed to be taken to curb offending.
"Most passengers do the right thing and use a ticket but are being let down by people who do not," Ms Chapman said.
"It is unfair for passengers who do the right thing that this many people are getting away with non-payment."
Commuters catching trains on weekends are the most dishonest, with more than 24 per cent of passengers on the Grange and Outer Harbour line evading fares, while Saturday services have the highest rate of non-validations at 18.04 per cent.
But figures are set to improve according to the Transport Department, with a crackdown aboard public transport in recent months along with Tuesday's announcement of an additional of 28 sworn officers to SAPOL's Transit Service Branch.
A spokeswoman told adelaidenow the department is "enforcing the capabilities of passenger service assistants".
"As part of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure's focus on passenger safety and comfort, particular attention has been given to on-board offences and increasing the capabilities of passenger service assistants," she said.
"Recent months have seen a concerted focus on enforcing these capabilities in the interest of ensuring a safer public transport system."
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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