In all over 777,000 passengers were asked to show a valid ticket. Despite the increase in the number of checks the number of fare-dodgers caught is down.
De Lijn inspectors drew up nearly 19,000 reports on fare-dodgers. One in ten of these fare-dodgers had requested a ticket by text after the inspector had boarded the vehicle.
The company says that by announcing checks beforehand, a process that started in 2011, the number of fare-dodgers being caught has fallen back to 2008 levels.