According to TheLocal.fr,
fines just went up in the Paris Metro.
So many people dodge travel costs
(over 220,000 people/day costing 1 million euros/day),
transport chiefs are going to make it hurt more if caught.
And the hike in fines not only targets those who don't pay
but also those who make too much noise, talk too loud, play loud music,
don't muzzle their dogs, beg or forget their bag on the metro.
They are so tired of having to issue alerts for suspicious bags
that usually (thankfully) turn out to be nothing,
they will now fine you if they have to issue an alert due to your forgetfulness.
Fines for not having your metro ticket
if stopped by the controls now
is 50 euros.
Up 50% from when we made the mistake of not keeping our ticket
in our pocket until we got outside the metro.
Note to self:
When traveling the Paris metro,
make sure to keep your used ticket on our person
until you have exited the station.
You can use the extra 50 euros on entertainment in Paris!
(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen)