Commuters who try to cheat the SMS ticket system on public transport will get a rude awakening as they no longer just face a 600 kroner fine, but also a possible court case.
Transport company Movia introduced SMS tickets in January and since then has experienced an increase in the number of people trying to cheat by creating similar looking text messages, editing the existing SMS tickets to increase validity or sharing an electronic ticket with friends.
Movia announced that the first court case has been instigated against a young man charged with forging a document, because a ticket is considered a legal document between two parties, whether it is on paper or electronic.
‘Unfortunately we’re seeing a noticeable increase in the number of SMS ticket cheats. As Movia believes this is breaking the law, people won’t get away with just a fine of 600 kroner for travelling without the correct ticket,’ said Movia spokesman John Øllegaard.
The spokesman indicated that despite people’s best attempts, faking an SMS ticket is impossible as ticket inspectors have access to an electronic system that shows the correct ticket details and which phone bought the SMS fare.
Since the ticket scheme was introduced to public buses, trains and the Metro in Copenhagen six months ago it has proved very popular, with 10 percent of bus tickets alone being sold via text message.