Mar 29, 2018 - 8:53 PM
in reply to Alpenrose666
In Zurich they are either plain clothes and start checking once the tram is between stops (but this is very rare) or there are about 12 of them in bright ZVV vests waiting for you at the bus/tram stop. 6 get on the bus or tram (which waits there while they check you). The other 6 grab everyone coming off the bus/tram at the stop. Then after the check the tram or bus continues on.
Again I've seen them maybe 6 times in 2.5 years. I did find out some time ago that tickets bought on the app are not valid for 2 minutes after purchase - to prevent people from buying a ticket as soon as they see the ZVV guys at the tram stop as they approach.
I got on a bus and bought a ticket at the stop before they checked us and they said the ticket was not valid (I should have bought the ticket on my phone a few minutes before getting on the bus apparently). I only bought it once I boarded the bus itself which was only 1 minute before the check. Cost me 90chf as they don't accept any excuses for not having a valid ticket.
Same with speeding tickets. My wife's co-worker got a 60chf fine for going 1km/h over the limit....Strict people these Swiss. Suffice it to say I have not been impressed with these practices but at least they very rarely seem to check!