Equality and Government Accountability
The website’s aim was to give commuters the information they need when caught without a valid ticket. At the time, commuters had to decide whether to take a $75 on-the-spot penalty fare, which they could not challenge, or be issued with a $223 infringement which they could challenge through the internal review and court processes. Many commuters felt they were being bullied into paying on-the-spot penalty fares without understanding their rights.
Upon its launch on 4 April 2016, our website received more than 35,000 views, and was covered by 3AW, ABC Radio Melbourne, The Age, Triple R, Broadsheet, Junkee, Pedestrian and Channel 9 News.
In May 2016, the state government announced that it would be scrapping on-the-spot penalty fares and implementing fairer guidelines for internal review. As of 1 January 2017, on-the-spot penalty fares have been abolished.
Now, we’re updating the website to ensure everyone knows, and can assert, their rights when faced with a myki fine.
In the media
- The Age – End of the line for $75 on-the-spot myki penalty fares
- Broadsheet – On-the-Spot Myki Penalty Fines to Be Scrapped
- The Age – New website helps Victorian commuters challenge unjust myki fines
- Broadsheet – How to Get Out of Your Myki Fine
- Pedestrian – Copped A Myki Fine? This Handy New Site Explains All Ya Legal Rights
- ABC – Web app helps public transport users decide whether they should pay their Myki fine
- SBS – Fed-up of ‘unjust’ Myki-fines? Here’s a website to help you
- KIIS101.1 – Lawyer Launches Website To Help You Get Off Myki Fines
- The Bendigo Advertiser – New website helps Victorian commuters challenge unjust Myki fines
- The Border Mail – New website helps Victorian commuters challenge unjust Myki fines
- ABC Grandstand – Myki fines website
- RRR – Myki fines and knowing your rights