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Sat, Apr. 21st, 2007, 10:34 pm

Does anyone else think that they should raise the maximum fine for not paying on the VIVA?

why I think this?
well, any improvements to the system, expansions, or even the continuation depends on the success of the current system. There are far too many ppl that don't pay up, and it's partially because they only get charged $155! That's pathetic. Anyway, it bugs me! Am i just being a pain in the ass or am I trying to stand up in correcting a cheating and whining group of citizens?

Sun, Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)

Sounds good to me. Afterall the fare inspectors do give you at least 1 warning before fining you. Public transport is not a free service its paid for either through taxes or by fares. Considering how much tax is being paid by Canadians already, I doubt anyone wants them raised further. $2.25 is a bargain for 2 hours of unlimited public transport, there are better funded systems in the US that make you pay by distance. The biggest issue with VIVA is there wasn't enough fare inspectors from the start. I personally believe the fine should be say $500 then perhaps some discouragement.

Sun, May. 13th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)

The fare inspectors do not always give you a warning. I got on a Viva Pink a few weeks ago and sat opposite a man talking to the fare inspectors. When I showed the fare inspectors my ticket they showed my validated ticket to the man and explained to him what the tickets looked like and that it was good for a certain amount of time. There followed an embarrassing period of whining and complaining by the man as the fare inspector explained how was about to part with a good chunk of his money. This wasn't terribly unusual, I've seen the scene play out many times in Ottawa, but what struck me was his chief argument, namely "I didn't know you had to pay because nobody ever checked my ticket".

I wonder if that was the best excuse he could think up on the spot, or if some people really do believe that the service is free. During the discussion between this man and the fare inspector there was no indication that he had been caught before. I think $155 is sufficient or possible too high for the first infraction, but the fine should certainly go up for ever subsequent infraction and there should be more signs indicating the fine for not having a ticket.

Mon, Nov. 22nd, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Lilly

You know what? I was issued a ticket because a Viva driver gave me seriously incorrect information. Because of this, I was issued a ticket. So, I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with that. Because once your faced with a ticket, and it isn't because you tried to dupe the system, 155$ is an EXTREMLY high price!