West Midlands Metro fare dodgers could face ten times higher fines

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Fare-dodging on the West Midlands Metro may result in fines, ten times higher than they are now

The West Midlands Combined Authority board will consider a recommendation to increase the penalty from £10 to £100, with a 50% reduction if paid within 14 days.

The organisation claimed that by making this change, it would now be in step with other tram operators across the country.

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The increase was originally scheduled to take effect in 2021, but was postponed because of events like the Commonwealth Games and COVID-19.

A report to the board, which is due to meet on Friday, said keeping the fines at the current level would not be enough of a deterrent.

No specific date has been set as of yet for the new fine to take effect.

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