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Old 14.06.2012, 09:00
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Re: Swiss mull tough benefit cuts for asylum seekers

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No cop is hired to chase ticketless passengers. Police is called when ticketless passengers are unable to prove their identity when they get fined by the transport agents. Also you don't commit a criminal offense when you ride without ticket. It is an administrative fine. So nobody increase the crime statistics by not paying a bus/train ticket you increase it by committing burglary or selling drugs. I can hardly think people do so because they can't pay public transportation.

If Swiss authorities provided free public transportation to asylum seekers I can imagine the reaction of the tax payers. Why not provide free public transportation to everybody then ? Cost maybe ?
Actually they are paid the tickets if they have a reason to take a train or a bus. But they have to pay it from the CHF 8.00 pocket money if they take public transport just for fun. BTW, SBB stated this week, that they catch 780 ticketless passengers a day.
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