Fewer fare dodgers in June

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Fewer passengers were caught riding public transport without bothering to buy fares in June than in May the Rigas Satiksme municipal public transport company reported Tuesday.

In June 5,347 passengers were caught using public transport services without tickets in Riga, which was a drop by 9.4 percent or 558 fare dodgers from the previous month.

Rigas Satiksme spokesman Viktors Zakis said that 2,224 ticketless passengers were caught in buses, 1,969 in trolleybuses and 1,169 in tramways. Of these fare dodgers, 991 paid their fines on the spot and 4,356 were issued fine tickets.

Rigas Satiksme ticket inspectors conducted 21,929 inspections in June, which was an increase by 1.9 percent or 401 inspections compared to May.

Rigas Satiksme, which is fully owned by the Riga City Council, provides bus, tram and trolleybus services to passengers in Riga.

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