Young fare dodgers will be fined too
Until now, young fare dodgers didn’t pay any fine when caught but Flemish Mobility Minister, Ben Weyts (N-VA), wants to change this. From now on children between 6 and 12 risk a 53 euro fine, and between 12 and 14 they might have to pay 79 to 300 euro. Children younger than 6 don’t need a ticket.
Last year 2,7 million commuters had to show their tickets to prove they had paid for the ride, 24.103 more than the year before. 90.773 of them were caught without a valid ticket.
Until now, children between 6 and 14 years old were booked but the case for their parents was immediately dropped. From now on they will really be fined, with a 53 euro fine for the youngest, between 6 and 12, and a 79 euro fine for those between 12 and 14 years old. Recidivists can even get a 300 euro fine (as from the third time).
Weyts’ proposition still needs to be treated in parliament.