Simon Bridges announces class warfare on the trains
With the establishment of $1000 fines for fare dodgers on Auckland’s crap train and bus network, the middle classes have finally gentrified the public transport system.
Fare dodgers could face penalties of up to $1000
Public transport fare evaders could be fined up to $1000 for disobeying orders to get off trains, buses or ferries.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges says legislation will also be changed next year to empower warranted council enforcement officers to issue more immediate infringement fines of $150 a time.
With the rise of gold card use and the middle classes wanting to get from their villas to the CBD, they haven’t enjoyed the smelly common folk sitting next to them. Because only 4 entry points are actually gated many poor people use the trains for free. This is no good for a private company that needs to make profits and they’ve clearly leaned on the powers that be to give their officers the power of Police Officers to take your name , address and phone number and can now hit up up with $150, $500 and $1000 fines.
There are 133 staff at Auckland Transport who are currently paid OVER $100 000 per year and 48 staff who are paid over $150 000 per year. This is the same Auckland Transport who are building a mass surveillance system through their camera network. These seem to be the last people who should be given more power.
This is draconian measures aimed at the poor and the young for the benefit of the bloody middle classes. The gentrification of Public Transport will keep the Mountain Biking 4×4 hybrid driving clique happy, it is going to be terrifying for the teenagers caught up in it.