Last October, Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) implemented an innovative ticket fine reprieve called “Nejedeš načerno?”(Not black riding, are you?). When caught travelling without a valid ticket, fare-dodgers can reduce the fine by half by buying an annual public transport pass. Since then, more than 4,500 people have turned from ticketless passengers to annual pass holders.
This result is so positive that it has even surprised the DPP. “We knew that it would be attractive for a part of the passengers” states the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dopravní podnik hl. Martin Gillar.h. “But we did not know there would be so many”.
Fare evasion falls while annual pass sales increase
The pioneering fine reprieve has helped to reduce fare evasion in Prague’s public transport. During the first 9 months of 2018, inspectors imposed 186,414 fines to ticketless passengers. This is 12% less than the same period last year.
The penalty for fare evading is Kč 1,500 (58€). On the other hand, an annual pass costs 3,650 czech koruna (140€). This is equivalent to Kč 10 daily (0,40€). Thus, as ROPID (Prague Integrated Transport) director Petr Tomčík stated, “it is not worth to ride under the stress that someone will catch you without a ticket”.
Almost 330,000 people have bought an annual pass in the last year. Currently, the coupon is also available in the outlying PID zones outside Prague. Thus, sales are expected to keep growing.