Mar 29, 2018 - 3:12 PM
in reply to Lucas
>> I've gotten checked in Zurich about 4/5 times in 2 years. Do they check often in Melbourne/Australia?
Yes, I would guess I get checked during 2 out of every 5 trips, and most days I travel by tram I see them somewhere or other (getting on or off other trams, or waiting at stops for the next tram in the opposite direction).
A typical scenario is that they travel in groups of 4. They dress in ordinary clothes (but have ID they pull out when necessary). They are easy to pick when they are waiting at a tramstop, chatting together, and with their notebooks out. When a tram approaches, they put their notebooks away, and act as if they don't know each other, boarding the tram through separate doors.
Once on the tram, they spread out, and blend in by taking a seat, or standing alongside other passengers, for several stops, watching people boarding and validating their card (or not!). Then, when the tram is between stops, and no-one can get off, they set off through the tram checking tickets!
Practically every time I've seen them on a tram, they have found at least one person travelling without a valid ticket!
It's quite funny to see people rushing for the validating machine, or suddenly deciding to get off the tram, when uniformed tramways employees board the tram. But these people are usually just employees on their way home, not ticket inspectors. They must find it amusing to see what effect they have whenever they board a tram!
Last modified on Mar 29, 2018 - 3:32 PM by Alpenrose666