Student Bus Fare Evasion Tripled

21 Mar 2019 1:41 PMJann Stuckey

Figures released by the government to a question asked by member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey has revealed that the number of students avoiding paying fares on Gold Coast school buses has tripled in three years.

“In 2015-16 the fare evade button was pushed 238,195 times but in 2017-18 that figure exploded to 763,944 times,” said Ms Stuckey.


“The culture of not paying and cheating on paying fares has escalated in worrying numbers yet the Palaszczuk Government are doing nothing to stop it.


“This trend will be impossible to curb as Labor sits on their hands and ignores a growing problem.


“Figures show student fare evade counts have more than tripled in 3 years and fare revenue has more than halved which amounts to around half a million dollars in lost revenue.


“Students who deliberately refuse to pay are setting a bad example to others to do the same and inflaming adult passengers who do pay.


“This behaviour left unchecked is setting our youth on a path to petty theft and worse.


“The transport minister and the Palaszczuk Government have turned a blind eye to fare evasion for several years allowing total bus fare evasion to leap from 425,000 – 1.67 million in just three years on Surfside buses alone.


“Drivers are powerless to do anything and honest paying passengers are fed up.


“Minor crime and car theft are out of control on the Gold Coast and our police are stretched to the limit, so busy dealing with domestic violence and other more serious offences the smaller but still serious crimes are flourishing and occurring at an alarming rate.


“We deserve more police resources and a government prepared to tackle these behaviours as they are becoming entrenched.


“Why should anyone pay for public transport when it’s so easy to cheat and not pay?