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Fare Evasion on the Buses

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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How many commuters have been caught fare-dodging on London’s buses over the last three years?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Fare evasion costs Transport for London (TfL) £116m a year, which is money that should be invested into the network. Tackling this behaviour remains a priority for TfL.

The following table provides data on the number of customers who have been reported on suspicion of fare evasion.

Year

Penalty Fares issued

Number of Irregularity Reports submitted for consideration for prosecution

2016/17

33,458

25,903

2017/18

34,423

24,256

2018/19

40,870

27,879

2019/20* (figures to the end of period 12)

35,201

21,482