Transport for New South Wales takes tougher measures to reduce fare evasion
Since the implementation of the Opal Card in 2012 fare evasion has been in decline but it still cost taxpayers $83M in 2018

The Australian operator Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) reported the highest fare evasion rate is on its Hunter line – at 13.6% in one year. This equals revenue losses of about $351.000. To tackle this problem TfNSW issued $1.4M in fines on this line from June 2018 to May 2018. In total, 1803...

Technology upgrade to fight Opal card loophole at Sydney Airport
Since January 7th, train commuters are forced to top up their pass to stop negative balance cards

New technology to erase Opal loophole at Sydney Airport

New South Wales (Australia) public transport travel card Opal has a loophole which allows passengers to travel with a negative balance. This situation has led to a $8 million loss to fare evasion since 2014. About 90% of negative balance cases came from the Airport Line, causing $4 million loses in the last financial...

Negative balances on Opal cards amount to $2.6 million loss annually
Transport for NSW considered charging a $10 fee for new cards to tackle fare evasion and to promote contactless payment

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The Australian state of New South Wales is losing $2.6 million annually to fare evasion in its Opal cards system. Fare dodgers are exploiting the possibility of traveling on negative balances. They do not pay the full fair for their trips and then start new cards to avoid paying the shortfall. The Opal cards...