BKK to Raise Fare Evasion Penalty
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The Budapest Public Transport Center (BKK) announced that it will raise fare evasion fines from September 1, according to a report by Xpatloop.
On-the-spot fines for fare dodging will increase from HUF 8,000 to HUF 12,000, BKK says.
Those who do not settle the fine immediately will have to pay HUF 25,000 instead of HUF 16,000 in case they pay in 30 days.
In case the fare evasion fine is paid after the 30-day deadline, the fee rises to HUF 50,000 (up from HUF 32,000).
BKK says that it will cancel part of the fine for fare dodgers who buy a pass when they are caught.
The public transport company noted that the loss of revenue caused by those traveling without a ticket or pass costs BKK billions of forints every year.
Budapest provides a subsidy for each purchased ticket and pass, the company added. The city provides more than HUF 20,000 in subsidies for public transport for each monthly pass sold, according to the report.
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