Shanghai fare dodgers face punishments that could stop them from buying homes

Under new proposals, people without a proper tickets will receive a point penalty in their personal credit record. This may lead to difficulties getting a future home loan or job

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 August, 2013, 2:05pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 August, 2013, 6:10pm

Shanghai authorities are considering new penalties for people trying to avoid paying fares when taking the subway, the Chinese media reported.

It is part of a new move to tackle the rising problem of daily commuters finding ways to avoid using proper tickets. 

Under the new approach, people caught without a proper ticket will receive a penalty point on their personal credit record. This may lead to difficulties getting a house loan or a job in future, a proposed revision of the Shanghai Administration of Shanghai Railway Regulation suggests.

Those who cheat the subway system will also pay a fine up to 10 times their fare - double the current amount enforced since 2002, it said. 

State-run China Central Television in 2011 reported that as many as 20,000 people take free rides in Shanghai each day, costing the operator more than 10 million yuan (HK$12.6 million) a year. Many culprits simply slip under the turnstiles, while others use fake senior passes to go through the gates without paying, the report said.

In a video that surfaced online earlier this year at a Shanghai subway station, which has gone viral, 21 people were recorded in just 90 seconds ducking under the turnstiles and entering without paying.

Critics have blamed lax law enforcement and low penalties for the rampant fare dodging - exacerbated by a huge volume of passengers in one of China’s most populous cities.





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