Tickets cannot be bought on public transport in Switzerland. Passengers are required to have a ticket before commencing their journey. Those caught on public transport without one will soon have their names put into a national register. This will ensure progressively higher fines are issued to repeat offenders.
The new database will be rolled out from April 2019, reported RTS. By the end of 2019, the 250 odd members of CH-Direct, a public transport union, should be connected.
The system of increasing fines for repeat offenses is already in place, however, currently, if repeat offenses are spread across different transport operators, the fines don’t go up. The new nationwide database will fix this.
On Swiss Rail, fines, described as surcharges, start at CHF 90, rising to CHF 130 for the second offense, and CHF 160 thereafter. These amounts must be paid on top of the unpaid fare. Unpaid fines lead to CHF 40 fees for reminders and CHF 50 fees for legal action.
Offenses will be recorded in the new national register for two years.
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