Park-and-ride discount for cyclists scrapped because of abuse by drivers
Dodgy Norwich motorists pretend to be riders to get cheap fares
Norfolk County Council is considering ending a park and ride bus discount scheme for cyclists because motorists are falsely claiming to be cyclists to get cheaper fares.
The Norwich park and ride scheme offers heavily discounted tickets for cyclists, with a return ticket costing £1.10, instead of the usual £2.10 or £2.40.
But the council plans to scrap the discount as part of raft of changes including the introduction of an Oyster-style smart card system, the BBC reports.
Abuse of the scheme by motorists is also a factor. In a letter to cyclists, the council said: “Sadly we’ve found a small but consistent abuse of this ticket with more people claiming the reduced fare than cycles left on the site.”
The council hopes to implement some sort of “technical solution” to overcome the problem and re-introduce the cyclists’ discount.
Cyclist Helen Carolan, 34, who uses the Sprowston site every weekday, said: “It’s extremely unfair.
“We’re getting penalised for other people’s dishonesty.”
Tracy Jessop, the council’s assistant director for travel and transport services, said: “Sadly, some persistent fare dodgers have caused us to take the action to remove the cycle fare temporarily but we are confident that we will be able to link the new smart cards with cycle racks to provide a solution.”
We would like to be able to support genuine cyclists to continue to travel sustainably but need them to work with us to achieve this.”