Fare dodgers beware: Irish Rail prepares for ticket inspection blitzes 8 years ago

Fare dodgers beware: Irish Rail prepares for ticket inspection blitzes

According to new statistics revealed today, one in sixteen Irish rail commuters use the service without paying for a ticket in the first place.

Irish Rail has begun a crackdown on fare dodgers as ticket inspectors and senior members of staff take to platforms to catch non-ticket holders with more inspections planned for the near future.

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According to the Irish Independent, there are ten ‘blitzes’ planned for the coming weeks across the Dart, inter-city and commuter networks.

Irish Rail’s chief executive David Franks revealed that a recent blitz on the Dublin commuter network saw 108 penalty fares being handed out at a cost of €100 each.

Around three quarters of the penalty fares were paid, but Irish Rail are still losing out on around 6 per cent of its revenue, according to Mr Franks, so the company will be hoping to reduce that figure with the next wave of ticket checking blitzes.

You have been warned…