Fare Evasion on the Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1041
Question By: 
David Kurten
Organisation: 
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

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

Answer

Fare Evasion on the Buses

Fare Evasion on the Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

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