Fare Evasion

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 15th August 2019.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

Fare evasion seems to be getting worse on the London Underground and by the time revenue inspectors catch up with the offenders, the penalty of £80, or £40 if paid within 14 days, is well worth the risk to them. However, carrying an open container of alcohol on the underground has a maximum penalty of £1,000, albeit never enforced. Would you consider raising the penalty fare to create a much stronger deterrent for fare evaders?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Fare evasion on Transport for London (TfL) services remains low. TfL takes fare evasion extremely seriously and is determined to tackle this issue.

People caught fare evading can be charged a penalty fare of £80 (reduced to £40 when paid within 21 days). However, those who repeatedly evade fares or commit more serious offences are prosecuted, which can result in a criminal record and a fine of up to £1,000, as detailed in their enforcement policy.

Fare evasion on TfL services is lower than other global cities and its penalty fare amount is in line with others. TfL is not planning to raise the level at this time.