A public transit fare violation is the act of traveling on public transport while disobeying laws and/or regulations. The violation is done by deliberately not purchasing the required ticket to travel.
It is a crime to ride a bus, train, or other form of public transportation without paying the required fare. Public transit fare violations is a problem in many parts of the world. Most cities have policies allowing fare inspectors to cite riders who have not paid the fare and who commit other crimes while riding or using public transportation.
Fare evasion and fare fraud is generally a crime in most jurisdictions. There are many forms of fare evasion including:
Riders may also be fined or cited if they:
Many states also consider it illegal for a bus driver or transit operator not to collect fares from passengers. Failing to collect fares may result in probation, suspension, or termination of the operator’s position.
Bus fare and transit violations often result in:
One of the main issues with public fare transit violations occur when police and public transit officials are not able to catch all perpetrators in the act. There is simply not enough manpower. Therefore, numerous countermeasures have been incorporated on various forms of public transportation to prevent these violations from occurring.
A public transit violation can blemish your otherwise clear criminal record. If you are charged with a fare or transit violation, an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you of your legal rights and defenses.
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