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Fake Metro cards targeted

By Zha Minjie (Shanghai Daily)

09:41, November 18, 2011

Fare dodgers using fakes of cards entitling senior citizens and other groups to free travel face having these confiscated, Metro authorities said yesterday.

Up until now, Shanghai subway passengers found with bogus concessions cards would receive a warning and sometimes be fined and made to buy a ticket, but could keep their card.

The tougher stance is part of increased efforts by the Metro authorities to curb fare evasion, which it claims costs it 11 million yuan (US$1.73 million) a year.

In a spot check yesterday morning at four stations, more than 150 fare dodgers were caught, the Metro operator said.

Many were trying to use free travel cards issued to the elderly and disabled former armed forces and police personnel.

Among those stopped at Line 1's Xinzhuang Station was a man claiming to be an ex-servicemen. Under police questioning, he confessed that he had a fake disabled veteran's card.

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