Fare Evasion on the Tube

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1040
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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

Answers

Answer for Fare Evasion on the Tube
Fare Evasion on the Tube

Fare Evasion on the Tube

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Fare evasion costs Transport for London (TfL) £116m a year, which is money that should be invested into London’s transport network. 

Tackling fare evasion remains a priority for TfL and it has a comprehensive programme in place to reduce the risk of fare evasion.  

As part of its broader strategy to tackle antisocial behaviour, TfL has recently begun recruitment of approximately 60 new Revenue Control Officers to support the existing revenue team and help combat fare evasion.

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

Year

Penalty Fares issued

Number of Irregularity Reports submitted for consideration of enforcement action

2016/17

22,457

5,810

2017/18

24,098

4,925

2018/19

24,407

5,757

2019/20* (data up to Period 12)

17,584

3,472