Inspectors of Prague’s transport company (DPP) imposed 255,115 fines for undeclared riding in 2022, up 16% year over year.
They collected CZK 213.7 million in fines, up almost 41% year over year. People paid most of the fines within 30 days of their imposition.
Last year, DPP vehicles traveled some 181.2 million kilometers and carried almost 892 million passengers, both up year over year.
“As a result of our improved efficiency, we have collected 52% more surcharges at the point of inspection than in 2021, removing the need for a significant number of claims to be pursued further through the courts. With this, passengers will pay 76% of our surcharges within 30 days of their imposition,” the document says.
The number of inspections by auditors increased by 15,000 year over year to more than a quarter of a million. On the other hand, the number of debts recovered in foreclosure has gone down as the DPP joined the so-called grace summer that allowed people with foreclosures to get rid of debts with public institutions.
If they repaid the original amount owed and a fee of 908 crowns to the bailiff, the penalties, interest and other payments were forgiven and the foreclosure proceedings stopped.
In Prague, most of the stopped enforcement proceedings concerned fines for illegal riding.
Out of the total 891.7 million passengers, the largest number of passengers traveled by metro was 338.14 million. A couple million fewer people used trams, and over 231.67 million passengers rode by buses.
Of the nearly 11,000 DPP employees, 9,371 were men and 1,616 were women at the end of last year. Most of them are drivers, accounting for 39.07% of the total number of employees. 32.26% of them work in blue-collar occupations.
The majority of the employees are of the middle generation having completed secondary education with a high school diploma or secondary education without a high school diploma. The average wage reached CZK 50,164.
At the end of last year, the company registered 730 metro cars, 769 trams, and 1,192 buses in operation. DPP also owns historic vehicles, which are housed in the public transport museum in Strešovice depot.
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