Jerusalem light rail: 13,000 fines in 4 months

By MELANIE LIDMAN
May 21, 2012 17:56

The Knesset should create a committee to immediately investigate the fines passengers receive on the Jerusalem light rail, MK Yisrael Eichler (UTJ), who heads the Finance Committee’s subcommittee on Public Transportation, said on Monday.

The subcommittee met on Monday as part an ongoing series of Knesset meetings to measure the effectiveness of the light rail and address problems arising from the service. Hundreds of people have filed complaints with CityPass over the NIS 168 fines, which were given to all passengers who did not have correct tickets when inspectors stopped them.

This included passengers who asked the inspectors for help and received fines instead, and thousands of passengers who were issued tickets due to an electronic snafu in the Egged ticketing system. A class-action lawsuit is currently in the works, led by 15 people who said they received fines through no fault of their own.

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