A new £70 penalty charge for passengers travelling on Midland Metro without a ticket is set to be introduced by the end of 2018 after the West Midlands Combined Authority board approved the plan. This new charge would replace the current £10 penalty.
As is normal with penalty fares the £70 would be reduced by half if paid within 21 days.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, the leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and lead member for transport for the WMCA, said: “When you consider a single ticket between Wolverhampton and Birmingham costs £4.10 the current £10 penalty offers no deterrent at all. It was introduced 20 years ago and is no longer proportionate to today’s prices. It is only fair that a more realistic figure is in place to protect those people who do pay their way by buying tickets or Swift cards.”
The current penalty fare is set by the Midland Metro (Penalty Fares) Act 1991 and so the West Midlands Combined Authority will have to apply for an order under the Transport and Works Act to introduce the new penalty.