THE QUEENSLAND Government has fare evaders in it’s sights, announcing it’s on target to double the number of officers on public transport.
Ten new graduate Senior Network Officers have joined the team and will continue to target individuals flouting the system across the bus and rail networks.
The Sunday Mail reports network officers on Queensland Rail issued an average of $13,500 a day in fines in the past 12 months- mostly for fare evasion.
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Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said it’s an issue they need to stop.
“There is no excuse for people dodging the system and not paying the correct fare,” Mr Emerson said.
“We are boosting front-line services as promised at the election and if you do the wrong thing you will be caught.”
The Newman Government is also aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour on buses and trains.
It comes after two women were charged with assault and public nuisance for allegedly attacking an elderly, partially blind man on a Gold Coast bus last week.
Footage of the incident quickly went viral, sparking outrage across the nation.
“On Friday we welcomed 10 more Senior Network Officers bringing our total force to 44 putting us on track to meet our target of 56 officers by July this year.”
Mr Emerson said Senior Network Officers regularly conducted blitzes at hot spots across the network.
“All officers are subjected to an intensive recruitment process including stringent screening and rigorous training to ensure they are suitable for the job,” he said.
“They work alongside TransLink Transit Officers, Queensland Police Rail Squad and security staff to deter anti-social behaviour and make the public transport network a safer environment for all passengers.”
Senior Network Officers are highly trained staff who have extended powers, including the authority to detain and search persons where necessary.