After more than a year's stop due to anti-Covid regulations, Atac is reactivating it's ticket verification services on board road vehicles and metro trains.
"The return of on-board ticket inspectors is an important decision ", said Giovanni Mottura, Atac's Chief Executive Officer" which will also serve to ensure greater security for our customers and respect for the rules. It is also an act of respect towards all those customers who have continued to pay their tickets in this pandemic year. Others have not: unacceptable, even immoral behaviour, which we have a duty to combat. The fight against evasion is a civilised one, all the more so for a public company, where everyone is asking fir "improvements" in everything. But without the ticket revenue it is very difficult. And now that we are starting to see a glimmer of light from the tunnel into which the pandemic has led us, it would have been foolhardy not to restart the controls which, I would remind you, will also allow us to better monitor compliance with anti-Covid regulations. I would like to thank the General Manager, Franco Giampaoletti, who coordinated the technical meetings, finding a synthesis between the needs of workers and those of customers. We hope that this first step will lead, in the shortest possible time , to a normalisation of the use of public transport, a prerequisite for a lasting resumption of service".
The decision to restart controls, shared with workers' representatives, was taken after drawing up an enhanced safety protocol to protect employees and customers, so that activities can be carried out without health risks, explains ATAC. "In order to inform all citizens and users of the resumption of service, ATAC will launch a communication campaign".
The numbers in the fight against evasion. "The return of the controllers on board the vehicles allows Atac to restart the actions that, before the pandemic, had determined a positive trend on all items related to verification activities".
The number of passengers checked in 2019 was around 4 million, 38% more than in 2018 and 61% more than in 2017. There were almost 190 thousand cars checked during 2019, 31% more than in 2018 and 43% more than in 2017. Also in 2019, the total number of fines issued reached almost 230 thousand, up 34% compared to 2018 and 55% compared to 2017. Finally, the fines paid within the first 5 days, thanks to the introduction of mobile pos to pay the penalty in reduced form, in 2019 exceeded the threshold of 80 thousand (for a collection of about 4.5b million euros), marking a growth of 97% compared to 2018 and 175% compared to 2017. With the resumption of activities, the numbers will grow again.