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Fare dodgers cost public transport companies €16m a year
Fare dodging costs public transport companies STIB, TEC and De Lijn a total of €16.5m in 2012, according to figures released today by L’Echo. STIB is the most affected, with a shortfall of more than €11m. The Brussels public transport company suffers an fare-dodging rate of 4.5%, the highest by far; this official figure, however, is well below the actual rate, since surveys suggest that 12 to 15% of passengers admit to fare-dodging. For Walloon operator TEC, the fare-dodging rate is 0.95% and causes a loss of revenue of €1.2 million, while in Flanders De Lijn the rate is about 3%, representing an annual shortfall of €4.29m.