The operation involved 22 ticket inspector officers who were accompanied by local police agents. In total, 2,876 passengers on 231 buses were checked, of which 110 (3,8%) were convicted of offences, with 27 persons issued fines of 41,50 euros.
ATM mentioned that the local police played a key role in running these joint controls, as it helped for a more effective identification of offenders and to detect false declarations of identity.
ATM has stated that this operation is part of its continued efforts to ensure ‘a fair transportation system‘ for all passengers, and that consistent checks are carried out on a weekly basis in all city districts. The checks are random and may take place during daytime, at night, at multiple stops simultaneously and with large groups of ticket inspectors.
In an earlier statement, ATM’s CEO Marco Beltrami emphasised the importance of revenue from tickets to ensure the financial sustainability of the company.
Ongoing efforts to reduce fare evasion
The campaign had 2 main messages and objectives: to raise awareness among the community about the ethics of traveling with a valid ticket, and to discourage fare dodgers to travel illegally on its networks by emphasising the associated risks.
ATM Genoa operates 146 bus lines, 1 subway line, 1 sea line, 2 funiculars , with an annual ridership of 235 million passengers in 2018.