Bus pass fraud man fined

An Eggbuckland man who attempted to get a free bus ride by using his mum’s concessionary travel pass has been ordered to pay a total of £230 by Plymouth magistrates.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to three offences under the Public Service Vehicles Regulations 1990 and one offence contrary to the Fraud Act.

He was fined £100 for the fraud offence but not for the other matters as he had spent a night in custody. He was also ordered to make a £100 contribution for costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The court heard that last July the man used his mother’s concessionary pass to travel on Citybus Bus over three days. On the fourth day – 12 July – he tried to use the pass but the driver realised at that point that it did not belong to him and confiscated it.

He told the court that his mother away and as he was short of money, he used her bus pass.

The defendant failed to cooperate with investigators and failed to attend three separate requests to attend an interview under caution.

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “It is galling to hear about such blatant abuse of a scheme that exists to support those in our community who need it to get around.

“We would like to thank Citybus for their continued support in combatting bus pass fraud. It is no doubt a difficult task for them to challenge people, but they are doing us all a great service. We want Plymouth to be a fair city and we will continue tackle the behaviour of those who attempt to defraud the rest of the city. This sort of activity diverts money and resources from those who legitimately need our services.”