A sign warns of the abolition of ticket sales on trams in Melbourne. Photo: Ken Irwin
Ticket inspectors have been busy since myki cards became compulsory on December 29.
Almost 7900 fines were issued on trains in January this year, nearly double the 4318 fines issued in January 2012.
However, ticket offences on trams and buses are down slightly this January, compared with this time last year.
Illustration: Matt Golding. Photo: Matt Golding
President of the Public Transport Users Association, Tony Morton, blamed this disparity on a ticket inspector blitz on the trains, saying the figures look like "active targeting on the train system, which seems to be Metro's focus".
"There was a period of leniency during the initial introduction of myki, but now that Metcards have been switched off, the government has taken the opportunity to clamp down on fare evasion," he said.
He said more staff present at stations would be a better solution to stopping fare evasion.
Public Transport Victoria confirmed that trains were being targeted, with 350 of 550 authorised officers working the metropolitan rail network.
"We warned that there would be more checks, more fines, more often. If you fare-evade, you will get caught," a spokesperson said.
Fare evasion was widespread on trams last May, when one in five tram passengers was caught without a valid ticket. In October 2012, the figure fell to one in 10.
JAN 2012 - 4318
JAN 2013 7878
JAN 2012 - 1882
JAN 2013 - 1807
JAN 2012 - 157
JAN 2013 - 109
JAN 2012 - 170
JAN 2013 - 526
JAN 2012 - 6527
JAN 2013 - 10,320