More checks on public transport

The Flemish local transport company De Lijn has stepped up its number of checks on fare-dodgers. During the first four months of 2014 there was a 10% increase in the number of checks.

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.