Fare evader crackdown nets €227k
MORE than 2,200 public transport passengers have been hit with an on-the-spot €100 fine for refusing to buy a ticket this year -- and another 149 have been convicted in court.
State railway company Iarnrod Eireann has collected more than €227,000 so far this year after mounting a crackdown on fare evaders, new figures show.
Some 2,272 people paid the fixed penalty notice, with another 536 summonsed to court after refusing to pay up.
Of these, 92 paid the fine prior to going to court resulting in the case being withdrawn, while 149 were convicted.
A summons is only issued if the customer refuses to pay the fine or appeal within 21 days. If the appeal fails, they have seven days to pay.
As many as one in every 16 passengers was travelling without a ticket.